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The Anacortes Museum, Maritime Heritage Center and W.T. Preston exist to preserve and interpret the history of Fidalgo and Guemes Islands and to nurture in the community an awareness and appreciation of its heritage. 


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We are happy to schedule an appointment for your visit at the Anacortes Museum's Carnegie Gallery and Maritime Heritage Center for individuals and one "bubble" at-a-time groups. Available visit hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM (and Sunday from 1 to 4 PM at the Carnegie Gallery only).

If you would like to reserve a visitation slot at one of our museums during our Phase 2 limited reopening, please phone (360) 293-1915 during our open hours to arrange your visit with staff. Visits will be limited to 25 minutes if other visitors are waiting or scheduled. The W.T. Preston will continue to be closed for the season. More information on our Phase 2 reopening, current exhibits, and remote access of museum resources may be found on our website.


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FEATURE ARTICLE: The Spanish Influenza outbreak of 1918

by Museum Curator Elaine Walker

Public Places Close 1918“With schools and businesses closed, nurses exhausted and many people caring for sick loved ones at home, it feels to us like the COVID-19 pandemic is historically unprecedented. However, Anacortes citizens faced an almost identical situation 100 years ago when the Spanish Influenza swept the world.”

So begins an in-depth article, Spanish Influenza in Anacortes, by our Curator of Collections, Elaine Walker, who put her reporter’s hat back on to research and write about these stories from Anacortes history. She has also assembled the original stories, found in online Anacortes American’s, which can be read in the original historic pages or in this chronological compilation, Spanish Influenza articles AA 1918-1920.  READ MORE…


Our Museums

Anacortes Museum

Located in the historic Carnegie Library Building.


Tuesday through Saturday
10 AM- 4 PM 

1 PM- 4 PM

Anacortes Museum Carnegie in 2017

1305 8th Street, Anacortes WA 98221


Free Admission

Anacortes Maritime Heritage Center

Located on the waterfront of downtown Anacortes.


Tuesday through Saturday

10 AM - 4 PM 


Maritime Heritage Center

703 R Avenue, next to the Great Northern Depot and the W.T. Preston.


Free Admission  

W.T. Preston

Our National Landmark sternwheel steamboat. 


Preston by Robert Geczi April 16, 2005

703 R Avenue, next to our Maritime Heritage Center

Tour Cost: $3-$5

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