Central Washington


Carpenter House Museum & Art Gallery

A step over the threshold of the Carpenter House is a step into the colorful history of the mining communities of Upper Kittitas County. This 1914 mansion with its spacious rooms, tiny alcoves, and third floor ballroom holds the story of Cle Elum’s first successful banker and former mayor of Cle Elum, Frank Carpenter, and his family.

The Clymer is one remarkable place to visit! The Museum showcases artwork of one of the greatest local artists from the early 1900’s, John Clymer, and is a snap shot of life during that period. John Clymer, known for his historic and artistic contribution in documenting the American Frontier, was born in Ellensburg, Washington in 1907.

Each year the Garden is visited by Masa Mizuno of Masa and Associates Inc., the Japanese landscape architect who designed it. During his visits he provides consultation and training to Central’s grounds crew in the ongoing maintenance of the Garden.

CWU Museum of Culture and Environment

The Museum of Culture and Environment approaches our diverse and changing world with an interdisciplinary perspective, examining human life, culture, and our interaction with the environment. The Museum is located in Dean Hall on the Central Washington University campus.

All are welcome to Dick and Jane’s Spot, an art site and home. The Spot has been a work in progress for 35 years and while the majority of the art was created by the original Dick and Jane, there is also a collection of works from over 40 northwest artists.

Located in the unique architecture of historic downtown Ellensburg, Gallery One has experienced many transformations over the years to be the present organization it is today, but the devotion to the visual arts has remained the same. Along with innovative and diverse visual exhibits from local and international artists, the gallery offers a quality gift shop, educational programs, art classes, networking opportunities, and studio space for resident artists.

Kittitas County Historical Museum

Since 1961 the Kittitas County Historical Museum has been dedicated to preserving the history of the Kittitas Valley.  Headed by descendants of early Kittitas County pioneers, the primary goal in the beginning was to establish a location to display a collection of historical items depicting the valley’s diverse history.