History in the Gap – The Agricultural Museum
In an effort to preserve the agricultural heritage of the Yakima Valley and Central Washington, the late Ted Falk first introduced the idea of a farm equipment museum to a small group of interested people in November 1978. The next year the Central Washington Agricultural Museum was founded on March 15, 1979, as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization governed by a Board of Directors with a volunteer staff.
The large task of collecting and restoring antique farm equipment and tools has been the passion of these farmers for all these years. They have painstakingly restored their father’s, grandfather’s and great grandfather’s equipment. Displays include turn of the century tractors from John Deer, Case and other pioneering manufacturers, including and the home of the first tractor developed to work in orchards, the Lindeman Tractor. You’ll find thrashers, sorters, pickers and harvesters…if it was used on the farm you’ll find it here. Make sure you don’t miss The Magness Room displaying over 3,000 antique hand tools. All of this and much more has combined to create the Central Washington Agricultural Museum, the largest outdoor museum in the Pacific Northwest.
The museum is staffed by a volunteer workforce of knowledgeable and friendly people who restore the equipment on display and create active demonstrations of how the equipment was used. Call for event times or to arrange a special showing.
See the Ag Museum and the Antique Farm Expo on PBS’s America’s Heartland! Ag Museum on PBS – America’s Heartland
There is no fee for entering the museum, however a donation is suggested.
The Central Washington Agricultural Museum is the home of events for several groups throughout the year. Just see our calendar of events page! The biggest event held annually is the Central Washington Antique Farm Expo hosted by The Central Washington Antique Farm Equipment club the third weekend of August. This is a two day event, open to the public, which has many different on going activities including a tractor pull, parade, wheat binding & threshing and saw mill demonstrations. There are many other things happening at that time; homemade ice cream, bread, kiddy train for children and live entertainment. There is an on going Flea Market at the same time in Fulbright Park with over 100 vendors.