For such a small town, La Conner has a wealth of art and museums.

  • Museum of Northwest Art
  • Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum (Formerly La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum)
  • Skagit County Historical Museum

And, all of them are less than a 15-minute walk from La Conner Marina, which makes it easy to do the rounds and make it a museum day in La Conner.

Museums in La Conner, WA

 

Museum of Northwest Art

“We strive to have something that relates to everyone, and there is always something people will respond to.” ~ Chole Dye Sherpe, Associate Curator

The Museum of Northwest Art (MONA) focuses on Northwest School Art and has a rotating permanent collection and rotating exhibits. While the terminology “Northwest School Art” doesn’t represent a formal school, it does embody an artistic movement that began organically with four artists known as “the big four.” They are Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves and Mark Tobey. In 1953, Life magazine featured an article on these artists, and their work became nationally recognized. For thirty-five years, the museum has been curating exhibiting art from new and established Northwest artists in all mediums. There are two floors and a gift shop.

Address:121 N. 1st St. La Conner, 98257

Visit their website for information, schedule, and hours.

Tip: Give yourself at least an hour to tour the museum.

Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum

A visit to the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum is like getting two museums in one as it is located in the historic 1891 Gaches Mansion. The museum has three floors with exhibits on each floor. The first floor also has a gift shop, library and workshop space.

During my visit, the exhibits were Handmade Dolls, Ekphrastic: Quilts & Poetry, and The Nature of Place. I particularly liked The Nature of Place as it was about the artists “perceptions of the nature of Denali National Park” in Alaska. Having lived in Alaska for ten years, I was impressed how their quilts captured the feel and beauty of the landscape.

Address:703  South Second Street, La Conner, WA 98257

Visit their website for a schedule, hours, and admission price.

Tip: Give yourself at least an hour to tour the museum.

Skagit County Historical Museum

The Skagit County Historical Museum is a wealth of information about the Skagit Valley, including native inhabitants, settlers, and immigrants. The museum contains three galleries; one is a permanent exhibit and the other two rotate. They also have a research library, which can be used by appointment.

During my visit, the rotating exhibits were “Skagit Christmas” and “Mas Voces del Valle,” which is about the Skagit Valley’s Mexican American community. You’ll be impressed by the amount of information and collections the museum has, and what is shown is only a portion. I enjoyed learning about the history of the Skagit Valley’s farming culture, discovering its lost cities, and seeing real historical artifacts.

Address: 501 South 4th St, La Conner, WA 98257

Visit their website for hours, admission price, and schedule.

Tip: Give yourself 1.5-hours to tour the museum.

 

Note: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary tours for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.