The Northwest Carriage Museum opened its doors 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 45 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. In addition, other museum exhibits include a 1890 schoolhouse, a wheelwright/blacksmith shop, an educational transportation timeline, period clothing, artifacts, pictures and, of course, a unique gift shop.
The museum has also earned a national reputation for carriage knowledge including historical and restoration information.
We are proud that the Northwest Carriage Museum has truly become a destination point for visitors to the Northwest. We have been described as a “must see” by many visitors and publications. The museum was recently voted one of Western Washington’s best museums! We invite you to join the thousands of annual visitors on your next visit to the pristine Willapa Harbor area.