Museum is closed for Covid-19 until further notice

In compliance with Governor Inslee’s closure of public venues, we will be closed until further notice or when it is determined safe for us to reopen. For project-based instructional materials that have been used in schools for the Washington State history requirement please check out the “David Thompson & Jaco Finlay Journey of Discovery” curriculum available on Franklin County Museum website under the “Resources” tab. Thank you for your support and for helping us tell the story of Franklin County.

The Museum

Visit us in downtown Pasco anytime. Guided tours are available on request.

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Gift Shop

Be sure to visit our giftshop for collection of photos, newspapers, and more.

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Franklin County Museum – Pasco, WA

The Franklin County Historical Society and Museum captures the spirit and history of Franklin County. The Museum was originally constructed in 1910 as part of Andrew Carnegie’s worldwide library construction program. The high ceilings and dark wood trim create a period atmosphere for this collection of historic artifacts and information. A new library was built in 1962, after which the building served several different business concerns, ending in a period of abandonment and neglect. In 1980 the Society was offered the opportunity to use the building as its museum. Between 1980 and 1982, the building was beautifully refurbished by volunteers. It opened to the public as the Franklin County Historical Museum on January 3, 1983.

Our Mission Statement

The Franklin County Historical Society shall preserve and promote the history of Franklin County through educational publications, programs, and the operation of the Franklin County Museum.


The primary benefit of membership is a subscription to our publications, including our monthly newsletter, and our quarterly magazine. We also offer a 10% discount on our gift shop merchandise.

Did You Know?

Here are some facts you might not know about Pasco and Franklin County Washington.

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