Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond

Raymond’s Northwest Carriage Museum has one of the nation’s finest collections of 19th century carriages, buggy’s, wagons and historical artifacts.

The museum is located on the scenic Willapa River, at the corner of Highway 101 and State Route 6.

The museum features the actual carriages used in famous old movies–Gone With the Wind, Jezebel, Gentleman Jim, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and The Little Princess.

It’s family friendly, educational, historical and a great place for individuals or group tours.

Hanson Cab
Hanson Cab

The museum has also earned a national reputation for carriage knowledge including historical and restoration information.

The Northwest Carriage Museum has truly become a destination point for visitors to the Northwest.  It has been described as a “must see” by many visitors and publications.

The museum was recently voted one of Western Washington’s best museums!

A visit to this museum is also very affordable – adults are $6 each, 6-18 years are $3 each, and you can bring the whole family for just $15.  There is also a AAA discount on admission and gift shop.

The History of the Northwest Carriage Museum

The Northwest Carriage Museum opened in 2002 as a result of a very generous donation of restored 19th century horse drawn vehicles from local residents Gary and Cec Dennis.

Their interest in this era of transportation history inspired them to purchase and restore several magnificent vehicles to their former elegance.   A dream of sharing their collection with the public led the Dennis’ to donate their carriages to the City of Raymond in 1999.

Through the efforts of many people, their dream became reality when the museum opened for business in 2002.

Since opening it’s doors in 2002, the Museum has more than doubled the number of horse drawn vehicles in the collection with more than 40 currently on display and more on the way.

In April 2015, a new Barn addition added 3900 square feet of additional display space to accommodate the Museum’s growth, as shown in this video –

In addition, other museum exhibits include a 1890 schoolhouse, a wheelwright/blacksmith shop, an educational transportation timeline, period clothing, artifacts, pictures and a unique gift shop.

Kids can have a great time.  There is a room where they can have a “hands-on”experience with vintage carriage equipment, and a real one-room school room where they can actually see first hand how schoolchildren learned their lessons 120 years ago.

The Collection –

The Northwest Carriage Museum is home to many magnificently restored 19th century vehicles.

When these carriages, buggy’s, and wagons were in use, times were significantly different.  The average man at the end of the century was making $200 to $400 per year.  A gold watch cost $6, a new rifle might run you $10.  Two bits might buy you a new shirt–or you could have bought a “C-Spring Dress Landau” for $1500!

Shelborne Landau
Shelborne Landau for fancy folks

The Rolls Royce of its time, this Landau was elegant, driven by a driver and pulled by a matching pair of horses.

Contrast this vehicle with our 1895 Studebaker Buggy, which was a common man’s vehicle that cost just $50.

Simple Studebaker for regular folks
Simple Studebaker for regular folks

Both of these vehicles are on display at the museum along with many others including the Shelburne Landau used in the movie classic “Gone With the Wind”, the Carved Panel Hearse used in the 1942 movie “Gentleman Jim” with Errol Flynn, and the English Road Coach that delivered mail in the 1850’s.

Click here to see a photo gallery of the museum’s carriages.

Group Tours –

Over the years, the museum has hosted, numerous car, RV and service clubs, church groups, retirement homes, softball teams, bus tours and even a few dignitaries.  There are also unique educational tours for schools.

Group tours always receive a discounted admission at the Northwest Carriage Museum and parking is abundant.

Student tours are educational, fun and a learning experience, with tours tailored for every age group.

1890s One Room Schoolhouse
1890s One Room Schoolhouse

Students learn about the carriages, their manufacturing history, their usage and the history of the horse drawn transportation era.

In our 1890 schoolhouse, today’s students learn about the one room classroom and rules for behavior back then.  They also demonstrate how wooden wheels were made.

For younger students, the opportunity to make butter or corn husk dolls can be provided.  Students always enjoy putting on period clothing or a coon skin cap for a group photo on the Three Spring Democrat Wagon, below.

Three Spring Democrat Wagon
Three Spring Democrat Wagon

To schedule your tour, contact Laurie Bowman, Director at (360) 942-4150 or via e-mail at laurieb@nwcarriagemuseum.org

Location, hours, admission, contact information –

The museum is at 314 Alder Street in Raymond, as shown on this map-carriage museum map

Click here for the Northwest Carriage Museum’s website.

Click here to for links to other articles about the museum.

Hours – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily.

Admission – $6 adults, 6-18 years – $3,  Family rate – $15

Call 360-942-4150 for more information.

South Bend Third-Graders 2009
South Bend Third-Graders 2009

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