About

Our Museum

From Petroglyphs to Pickleball, the stories of Bainbridge Island connect us as we celebrate the experiences of our diverse community.

A Museum On The Move

1908

The Island Schoolhouse was built at Island Center.

1923

The Schoolhouse, one of the last one-room schools in operation, closed and was relocated to the high school to be used as a band and choir room.

1972

The Schoolhouse was donated to the Museum and moved to Strawberry Hill Park.

1997

Through the generosity of the McCracken family, a building was added to the rear of the Schoolhouse.

2004

The Museum’s two buildings were moved to the current site and reopened to the public.

TODAY

We continue to grow and change, offering new exhibits, research opportunities, and public programming.

Our Commitment

Racism is a part of our country’s history and continues today. Museums, unfortunately, have been a part of the systemic problem. As an institution, we have a responsibility to clearly acknowledge racism and work to better represent People of Color.

We are committed to doing better. We are working to eliminate “otherness” and bring more diverse voices into everything we do. We support the Black community in dismantling racism.

Mission

Preserve and share the stories of Bainbridge Island to promote a greater understanding of our community and the world in which we live.

Vision

Spark curiosity and inspire people to connect, explore different perspectives, reflect, and celebrate the diverse stories of our community.

Values

Integrity. Our programs are intellectually responsible and encourage visitors to think about history from different viewpoints.

Visitor-Centered. We encourage visitors to think for themselves—to imagine and reflect on their own experiences and connect to our local history. We encourage two-way conversation and strive to design exhibits for social learning.

Collaboration. We are always working to develop strong partnerships with other museums, institutions, and local communities to share collections, expertise and resources. We believe that together, we can achieve far more than we can accomplish alone.

Curiosity. We strive to create programming and exhibits that provoke visitors of all ages to ask questions, touch, explore, and discover.

Experimentation. We think BIG. We are flexible and open to out-of-the-box thinking. We accept that sometimes we fail, but we jump at the chance to solve problems creatively.