2018 Exhibits at the Lopez Museum

Our 2018 season is about to begin! The museum is open for the season Wednesdays through Sundays, from Noon to 4 PM.

The following exhibits will be on display—come visit and check them out!

Lopezians have always been a diverse and resourceful lot. Some captained steamboats or ferries. Others delivered mail, ran a blacksmith shop, logged, split wood for steamers, or manufactured potash in the kelp plant. Lopezians operated switchboards from their homes for the Farmers Cooperative Telephone Company. Playing music, dancing, and “visiting” were essential components of entertainment and socializing in the small, isolated Lopez community during settler times. People sang or played in formal or informal groups, from a neighborhood “sing” to a stirring performance of the Lopez Cornet Band, resplendent in gold-braided uniforms.

The first non-Native Lopez Islanders had to carve a new life out of a challenging and unforgiving landscape.


carried-by-canoe-2An incomparable collection of more than 200 stone, bone and antler Native artifacts that represent virtually every aspect of First Islander life.


A look at some of the notable and accomplished women in Lopez Island’s past.



Explore the natural history of Lopez, including evidence of wolves on the island!

An opportunity for parents and kids to create their own Lopez story.


Our generous sponsors include:

Islanders Insurance, Spencer’s Landing Marina, Richardson Fuel, Lopez Village Market, Cloud Islands, On-Site Island Services, Islander Resort, Karen Rousseau, Lopez Sand & Gravel, Mike Halperin & Jodi Green, Charles Givens, Spud & Karen Grimes, Bob & Becky Smith, Islands Marine Center, Mary Fagerholm Reece, Gary & Karen Alexander, Jamie & Lauren Stephens, Jim & Nancy Kenagy, Nancy Nordhoff, Doug Johnson & Brigitte Fortin, Lopez Island Pharmacy, Pat & Pete Kuentzel, Randy & Karen Wilburn, Rob Hummel, Tom Ruggles & Gayle Isbell, George & Stepper LeBoutillier,Duane & Audrey Bordvick, Raiti Waerness

The Perfect Lopez Island Stocking Stuffer!

We have two Richardson Store wood ornaments, and an awesome paper folding model available for purchase this holiday season.

The paper folding model (above, left) is around 6″ long when assembled (you cut out and assemble.) The hanging etched wood ornaments (above, right and below) are approx. 5” high.


If you’d like us to ship your ornament(s), we can include 2 ornaments per package (no limit on folding models) or you may pick up your ornaments at the museum.

Quantities are limited. We will fill as many orders we can, but expect demand will exceed supply. Please order soon by phone or email.

Lopez History Afloat 5

Lopez History Afloat 5 will be Saturday, June 24 this year.

LIHS-Mystic Sea image

This year’s theme is Living Legends, featuring settler-family descendants talking about life on Lopez in the “early” days. We’ll announce the speakers early-June.

In addition, you can look forward to another wonderful day aboard the Mystic Sea with Monte Hughes and his great crew, a delicious selection of snacks and refreshments, and (we hope) another beautiful, warm, sunny day. We’ll leave Spencer’s Landing Marina at noon, planning to return around 4:00.

Please contact the museum directly via email, via phone, or stop by. The cost is $125 per ticket.

Lopez Heritage Garden

Imagine a garden space in which modern Lopez families can share meals and special moments in the very heart of the island’s past.

The Lopez Island Historical Museum is beginning work on the Lopez Heritage Garden, a family picnic area in which memorials, tributes and remembrances can be displayed in a landscape of native plants and heritage apple trees. Lisa Hummel, descendant of the Hummel Lake family and a well-known Seattle landscape designer, has volunteered to design the project.

Although details are not finalized, the Lopez Heritage Garden will grace the landscape with heritage apple trees grafted from island orchards and several areas that will feature a variety of native plants. Memorial plaques, tiles or bricks will be mounted within the Garden on a combination of special posts, benches, tables, and arbors.

Lopez Island has always had a strong community-minded culture that honors the spirit and memories of those who have called Lopez Island their home. The Lopez Heritage Garden will be a place where that generous spirit is captured and memorialized for present and future generations. What better way to celebrate that culture than to surround it with beauty and growth?

  • Memorial & remembrance monuments.
  • Family picnic area
  • Native plantings with identifying markers around the picnic area
  • Heirloom fruit trees between shed and museum
  • Additional gravel paths and seating areas