Zoo in You: The Human Microbiome
September 10, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Trillions of microbes make their homes inside our bodies, and we wouldn’t be able to survive without each other! Zoo in You, invites guests of all ages to explore this fascinating and complex world inside us that is our microbiome—a dynamic, adaptable, and delicately balanced ecosystem much like any other found in nature. Explore this vibrant world of our inner microorganisms through engaging, interactive, and bilingual exhibits and programs and discover who our constant microbial companions are, where they live, how diverse they are, and in what ways scientists are discovering just how important they are to our personal health.
Upcoming Zoo in You events and programs
Zoo in You: The Human Microbiome was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This exhibit was made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Beautiful Wounds: A Search for Solace and Light in Washington’s Channeled Scablands
June 3 – August 6, 2022
The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center will be hosting Timothy Connor, writer, photographer and geology buff in an exhibit presenting his new book, Beautiful Wounds: A Search for Solace and Light in Washington’s Channeled Scablands. We will present a selection of photography which are featured in the book. Timothy’s journey follows the footsteps of J. Harlan Bretz who theorized correctly about the Missoula Floods over 100 years ago. The Exhibit will run from June 3rd through August 6th, 2022. Photography will be for sale.
Legendary Locales/Lugares Legendarios
May 14 – August 13, 2022
For eons humans have looked up at our region’s monumental rocks and landmarks with awe. Wonder is a human emotion that transcends time and is revered in all cultures. In this exhibit we will examine the geological forces that created these local land marks and the stories rooted in native lore that bring together characters and lessons into memorable and entertaining anecdotes. From age old retellings of oral history and modern media we present Legendary Locales.
LINK TRANSIT CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF SERVICE!
In December 2021, Link Transit will celebrate 30 years of public transportation service to Chelan and Douglas Counties. Join in the celebration by visiting the exhibition at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center between December 2021 and May 2022. The exhibit is located in the Museum’s rotating exhibit space on the second floor. Since its start in 1991, Link Transit has been on the leading edge of public transportation for small communities. From free fares in times of need to batteryelectric, zero-emission buses, Link Transit has expanded and adapted to the community and the region. Thanks to its forward thinking and innovative ideas, Link Transit has proven to be an invaluable part of the fabric of this community. Come celebrate Link Transit’s contribution to our area by looking back at the history of our transit system and exploring what Link has in store for the future.
43RD ANNUAL REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ART SHOW
The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center is proud to sponsor the 43rd Regional High School Art Show in cooperation with the North Central Educational Service District and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction each year. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our students’ creativity and talent District and Statewide. Student winners from the North Central District travel on to show and compete with students from across the state at the capitol in Olympia.
North Central Washington Juried Art Show
October 2 – February 5, 2022
The North Central Washington Juried Art Show presented by the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center showcases quality work by regional artists in a museum setting. The North Central Washington Juried Art Show is an exhibit of regional artists’ two- or three-dimensional pieces that will be on display from October 2, 2021 through February 5, 2022.
Weaving a Legacy
Karen Russell began her service to the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center by joining the Museum’s Board in 2013. She courageously stepped up to serve as president in 2014 during a turning point for the Museum. While the Museum transitioned from one Executive Director to another Karen and her husband, Jim Russell, supported the staff as they worked to serve the community. The influence of the Russells helped the Museum overcome adversity and continue its mission. Their service to the Museum and the Wenatchee Valley community has been invaluable. With this exhibit we celebrate, honor, and thank Jim and Karen Russell for their service to the Museum through sharing the activities Karen (1941 – 2019) loved, most notably weaving and performance art. Join us in celebrating these two dear members of the Museum communit
Tomfoolery: Vintage Fun From Wenatchee Cycle & Toy
May 7 – September 7, 2021
Virtual Tour Available at: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=PJCcgSEAa9A
Everyone loves toys! Each generation has a connection to the iconic toys of their youth, some have staying power and some have disappeared from the toy store shelves. Toys foster early childhood development by stimulating the imagination, learning and creativity, play also helps adults in areas of problem solving and happiness. We will invite you to come kindle the sense of nostalgia for the toys of your youth and learn about the toys of past generations in this exhibit featuring toys of the 50s, 60s, and 70s as well as the local toy store that brought fun and merriment to this small Washington community, Wenatchee Cycle and Toy.
42ND ANNUAL REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL VIRTUAL ART SHOW
Virtual Tour Available at: https://www.wenatcheevalleymuseum.org/2021/wenatchee-valley-museum-42nd-annual-regional-high-school-art-show/
The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center sponsors the Annual Regional High School Art Show in cooperation with the North Central Educational Services District and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. This exhibit showcased our student’s creativity and talent District-wide and State-wide. Museum visitors viewed artwork from students in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan Counties, with winners recognized in 7 categories, as well as the popular “People’s Choice” awards. The 42nd Annual Regional High School Art Show Awards is available at: https://youtu.be/ghni2i3UdzM
RAISING OUR VOICE: EMPOWERING WOMEN
Virtual Tour Available at: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=H7cEPKKHZyd
Women won their right to vote in the United States 100 years ago. Much has changed since then. This exhibit educated and celebrated women’s voices, featuring a historic synopsis of women’s suffrage in the State along with the 90th anniversary show of Women Painters of Washington. We were honored to host this celebration of the female voice. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors: Icicle Fund, Washington State Historical Society, Woods Art Fund, Speidel Bentsen LLP, and ANONYMOUS. This exhibit is presented in partnership with the Women Painters of Washington.
Hartsfield Quilt Collection
The Hartsfield Family Quilt Collection displayed one family’s craft practice from the time of slavery through the mid-20th century. Passed down through several generations to Jim Tharpe of Seattle, the earliest quilt dated back to Tennessee in the 1850s.
My Sky Exhibit
My Sky invited children and adults to explore the Sun, the Moon, and the stars together, and gave families the chance to practice science skills such as observing, communicating, noticing patterns, predicting, imagining, and more – skills that are fundamental to astronomy and that scientists and engineers use every day. This immersive, fun, and inspiring exhibit engaged children, families and adults in joyful discovery experiences that fostered an appreciation of the world, developed foundational science skills, and sparked a lifelong love of learning.
Blossom Days Remembered
Since the initial celebration in 1920, the Apple Blossom Festival has produced some beautiful, entertaining and amusing artifacts, thousands of which are now a part of the Wenatchee Valley Museum’s Permanent Collection. In celebration of the centennial of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival this year, the Wenatchee Valley Museum showcased objects from this collection in our Main Gallery. Blossom Days Remembered invited festival lovers of all ages to learn about the evolution of this iconic festival through the decades with displays of gowns, crowns, and other memorabilia.
Annual Regional High School Art Show
The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center sponsors the Annual Regional High School Art Show in cooperation with the North Central Educational Services District and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. This opportunity showcased our student’s creativity and talent District-wide and State-wide. Museum visitors viewed artwork from students in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan Counties, with winners recognized in 7 categories, as well as the popular “People’s Choice” awards. WATCH A VIRTUAL TOUR of our 2020 show.
Beyond the Frame: Inland Bounty. The work of Edward S. Curtis in the Columbia River Basin.
From 1907 to 1930 photographer Edward S. Curtis took on the colossal task of documenting the remaining intact Native American tribes of the American West. The resulting portfolio, The North American Indian, contains twenty volumes of photographs and ethnographic text. The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center recognized the 150th anniversary of Edward Curtis’ birth by presenting an exhibition displaying images selected from Volumes 7 and 8 of Curtis’ portfolio along with interpretive text panels, an exhibit guide and relevant displays on loan from private collections. The images used in this exhibit were graciously provided by the Seattle Public Library.
Apple Capital Records
Wenatchee has had a long and rocking history! From the early days of the pioneers entertaining themselves on the back porch to those who left here in search of stardom, we took a look at the music produced in our valley through the decades. Crossing all genres, the music produced here was a major part of the lives of Wenatchee’s citizens.
Makers & Shakers
The Maker movement is all the rage, but what is it? Where did it start and why is it important now? This exhibit gave visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the maker movement with hands-on activities for the whole family. This amazing experiential exhibit covered some of the greatest historical inventors as well as some of the products invented and manufactured here in our valley.