Funded by local contributions and built in 1982, the East Benton County Historical Museum was designed by a local architect to showcase some wonderful historic artifacts. With its artful construction and sensitive use of natural lighting, this museum has won renown with museum professionals as "the best small museum building in the state".
Located facing Kennewick's oldest park, Keewaydin Park, you will find on the museum grounds ancient Indian petroglyphs recovered from the Columbia River in 1939, pioneer farm implements, and the school bell from the old Finley School south of town.
Entering our museum you are awestruck by the beautiful petrified wood floor lovingly created by a local ironworker. The gift of this floor to the Historical Society served as the major impetus for the building of our museum. You can look for hours at the intricate and varied patterns in this floor.
Areas of our museum are devoted to the forces and movements that shaped the eastern part of Benton County. Indians who were here first are represented by many stone tools and arrowheads gathered over the years.
Situated as we are along the Columbia river, transportation played a key role in the area's development and is represented in our museum by exhibits dealing with rail, water, and auto travel.