History and Art – A Boater’s Weekend Getaway

First Place: Donna Butler

Photo courtesy of Donna Butler

Did you know that La Conner has 3 museums all within walking distance of the La Conner Marina Guest Docks? You’ll find the Museum of Northwest Art, The La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum, and the Skagit County Historical Museum all within a few minutes’ walk of each other.

We’ve put together an August walking tour for you; you can follow our suggestion or plan your walk and visits in any order that seems to work best for you.

First Stop: Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA)

Located on First St. and about 3 blocks from our guest docks, the Museum of Northwest Art strives to collect, preserve, and interpret the art of the Northwest, with a growing collection of art including more than 2,500 contemporary art objects from the early 1900’s to the present day. August Exhibit: Reflections – Selections from the Permanent Collection.

  • 121 South First Street
  • 360-466-4446
  • Sunday & Monday: Noon – 5pm
  • Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
  • Members FREE, Adults $8; Seniors $5; Students $3; Children under 12 Free

Second Stop: The La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum

From the Museum of Northwest Art, continue south on First Street to the end; Next Chapter Books will be on your left and Calico Cupboard will be on your right. Turn left and walk up the hill, then turn left again onto S. Second St. You’ll see the Gaches Mansion just ahead on your right. Housed in the Historic Landmark Gaches Mansion, the permanent collection includes quilts and textiles ranging in age from 1820 to Contemporary works. August Exhibits: From Nature’s Studio/Regina V. Benson, through October 6, Kaleidoscope: Fiber Embroidery by Liz Whitney Quisgard, through October 6, and Antique Quilts from the Pallow Family Collection, through October 6.

  • 703 S. Second St.
  • 360-466-4288
  • Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm
  • $7.00 Non-Members; $5.00 Students & Military w/ID; Free for Members & Children under 12

Third Stop: Skagit County Historical Museum

Leaving the Quilt and Textile Museum, continue up the hill on Second St. until you reach Benton St. Turn right on Benton, and then left on 4th St. The museum will be at the dead-end of 4th St. Explore Skagit County’s rich and rugged heritage by touring the Skagit Legacy exhibit filled with scenes of early Skagit life from the mountains to the sea. From parlors to plows, Native American baskets to Shirley Temple dolls, the Museum galleries are overflowing with interesting and often unusual treasures of Skagit County’s vibrant past. August Exhibits: From ‘shine to Chardonnay, through August 25th and Pieces of History (vintage quilts and coverlets) through October 13.

  • 501 S. Fourth St.
  • 360-466-3365
  • 11am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday
  • Adults: $5; Seniors: $5; Children 6-12: $4; Families: $10; Children 5 & under: Free


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