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 which resulted in the creation of one of the country’s finest museums of horse drawn transportation.
Since opening its doors, Museum Curator, Jerry Bowman has been instrumental in more than doubling the size of the original collection with more than 50 vehicles currently on display. 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. We invite you to join the thousands of annual visitors on your next visit to the pristine Willapa Harbor area.