Hobos and Homelessness [Summer 2015]

Explore hobos and homelessness through the lens of history and art. More...

Grand Ridge Mine Hike [Saturday, August 15, 10:30am - 12:30pm]

Explore the dark and dangerous past that lies beneath the Issaquah Highlands neighborhood. More...

Olde Town Mine History Hike [Saturday, July 25, 10:30am - 12:30pm]

Join history hike leader Doug Bristol to explore the mining history that continues to shape downtown Issaquah. More...

Summer Downtown History Hike [Saturday, August 29, 10:30am - 12:30pm]

Walk through the storied history of Issaquah, from the Native Americans to the present day. More...


Visit our Gilman Town Hall Museum and our Issaquah Depot Museum, and ride our Issaquah Valley Trolley.


Discover Issaquah's past through our extensive digital collection of photos and documents.


Help preserve and share Issaquah's rich history by making a bit of your own at one of our upcoming events.
Update from our Director

History is happening! This summer, we have lots of opportunities to step in the residue of our past. Did you know that downtown Issaquah used to be the site of massive coal mines? Join us on July 25th to explore our dark and dangerous underground past . On August 15th, you can follow the footsteps of miners who dug deep into Grand Ridge, Issaquah’s longest-lasting coal mining operation starting as early as 1888. And on August 29th, you can amble through amble through Issaquah's storied past on our Summer Downtown History Hike,. If a roof overhead better suites the day, join us in the comfort of the historic Depot to enjoy a contemporary art exhibit. On weekends, you can also gather some friends and family and hop on the Issaquah Valley Trolley. You never know who you might see on board!

Throughout the year, we reach out to people like you to ask for help in covering the museums' most basic needs. Project grants and corporate support cover the cost of special events, exhibits, and other programming, but it is the ongoing support from community members like you that keep the foundation of the Issaquah History Museums strong. Please help us protect Issaquah’s heritage by ensuring that we have the funds we need to care for it. Join us or renew your membership today!