Anacortes Movie Catalog

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Watch all our Content on our Website now!

The Anacortes Museum offers many ways to study and immerse yourself in the history of Fidalgo and Guemes islands. From our exhibit panels to our massive online database of old photographs, the museum prides itself on not only being a time machine for our town, but being one that is able to interpret history for a modern audience. We’ve gotten a little more modern with the launch of an official Anacortes Museum Youtube Channel.

Rare historical footage and films, from as early as the 1950s, have been released from our archives and are up for public viewing. Marvel at the legendary Anacortes Seahawks basketball teams, learn about the extensive waterfront history of Anacortes told by those directly involved, witness the breathtaking destruction of the “Little Chicago” fires of 1957, and more!

The museum has also begun producing exclusive original content for the channel. Whether it is a documentary exploring the early days of the Scott Paper Pulp Mill or an interview and performance with local musician John Van Deusen on our 1866 pump organ, there are more documentaries being produced in-house to look forward to.

Be sure to check our social media frequently for updates from the channel, or feel free to subscribe at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQgyDRhlQWHQ0f_Q4ukJJog.

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FEATURED: W.T. Preston Steamboat Virtual Tour

Welcome aboard the W.T. Preston, a sternwheel steam-powered snagboat located on the Anacortes waterfront in Washington State's Puget Sound -- and now a historic attraction of the Anacortes Museum. After 52 years of service, the Preston was retired in 1981. Now a National Historic Landmark, she made her last trip to Anacortes in 1983 and was placed on display next to the restored train depot at 7th Street and R Avenue, which is adjacent to the Anacortes Museum's Maritime Heritage Center. 

The W.T. Preston is a very special artifact designed for a specific job, reflecting 150 years of local learning and development. She is the last of a long line of snagboats working the length and breadth of the Puget Sound. She was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and made a National Historic Landmark in 1989.

Join your guide Dennis Mazza of the Anacortes Museum for a fun and educational tour of the galley, engine room, crew quarters and working decks of this historic landmark, the W.T. Preston. We encourage you to come aboard on your next visit to Anacortes, WA.

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Series Listing


John_ShowChimeOrgan Territory

Our premier in-house series. Watch local musicians play on our 1866 antique Packard Pump Organ. Hear unreleased original music and exclusive interviews with some of Anacortes’ finest local artists.


Our TownHistorical Documentaries and Films

For decades, local filmmakers have profiled Anacortes. Its people, its culture and its stunning scenery. Watch how the town has evolved from as early as the 1950s in these incredible films.


elaineHistoric Talks

Experts on Anacortes relay their historic knowledge in these invaluable lectures. Dive into deep and rich lessons from those who know it best!


Little ChicagoHistorical Footage

Raw historic footage from a bygone era. Take a tour of the old mills, watch the devastating power of the Little Chicago fire, pal around with Bobo the Gorilla, all from the comfort of your own home.