Her Present Proud Position:
Olympia as Washington State Capital
Follow the growth and development of Olympia as visionaries and colorful residents shaped it to be both a state capital and a city facing contemporary issues. Through the years, the city has faced and been formed by two themes: The Struggle for Identity and The Architecture of Government. These two themes are found in the exhibit's four major chronological periods: The Territorial era; Early Statehood, the Formative Years; Wars, Depression and the Development of the Capitol Campus; and the Contemporary Development of the Capital.
Traditions and Transitions
Re-created Salish Tribal Winter House. Enter the home and experience daily life of Western Washington's Native peoples. Greeted by a totem "Healing Pole," visitors are immersed in the world of the Salish culture in the Winter House or Plank House. Visitors are invited to touch and handle the artifacts especially created by local tribal members, listen to docent demonstrations, and learn more about the tribal life of the South Sound Indian culture in a traditional setting.
Delbert McBride Ethnobotanical Garden
The Delbert McBride Ethnobotanical Garden, located on the grounds of the museum, displays a selection of Northwest flowers, shrubs, and trees that have been used for food, tools, and medicine by the Native American tribes in Western Washington.