The Yakima Valley Museum (YVM) is the only comprehensive collecting institution in South Central Washington with a focus on material culture and fine arts.
The museum preserves and interprets the history of the people, cultures, and commerce of the Yakima Valley as well as the natural history and fine arts of the region. Through its exhibitions, programs, interactive children’s space, and Sundquist Research Library and Archives, the YVM creates a conversation with visitors and community members on issues such as cultural diversity in the Yakima Valley, stewardship of the land and natural resources, and the balance between honoring traditions and adapting to a changing world.
Founded in 1951, the YVM was singled out as one of 10 great museums with hidden treasures by USA Today in 2014. The museum’s exhibits include the spectacular Neon Garden, a collection of neon advertising art from the Yakima Valley's past.