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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Museum’s mission?

The Museum's mission is to document, preserve, interpret, and educate about the history of greater Renton, in ways that engage diverse people of all ages. In order to achieve our mission, the Board of Trustees is currently working on approving a new Strategic Plan.

Where does the Museum get its funding from?

The Museum is jointly funded by the City of Renton and the Renton Historical Society, a private non-profit organization that is a 501(c)3. RHS covers all expenses relating to the Museum’s mission, including exhibits, programs, and collections care and storage. Your donations help make the difference when it comes to new exhibits, more frequent programs, and improved care of our objects and photographs. For future growth, RHS has an endowment, a fund designed to grow until the interest can provide the bulk of operating funds.

What do volunteers do at the Museum?

The Museum literally could not keep its doors open without its volunteers! Volunteers staff the Museum on Saturdays, greeting visitors and answering their questions. Volunteer docents provide guided tours to school groups and other organizations. Longer term volunteers are specially trained to work with the Collection Manager on special projects with objects and photographs. Volunteers also assist during special events, such as Renton River Days, helping visitors and assisting children with activities.

How can I do research at the Museum?

The Renton History Museum has a small research library open to the public by appointment Tuesday through Friday. Among the resources available are: Renton High School yearbooks; newspaper clipping files organized by topic and family name; Renton newspapers from the 1930s through the 1980s; city directories; and published books about Renton and nearby cities. Staff can also assist with researching the Museum’s photographs and obituary collection. To make an appointment, please call 425.255.2330 at least one week in advance.