Renton History Museum – 235 Mill Ave S

Located in an historic Art Deco firehouse, the Renton History Museum offers changing exhibits, programs, publications, and events to share Renton’s stories, past and present. The Museum is situated in historic downtown Renton and is surrounded by local shops and restaurants, offers free parking, and is close to the library and Liberty Park.

Become a member for updates! Members get into the Museum for free, get a 10% discount on books and gifts, and a quarterly snail mail newsletter.

Walking Tours

The Renton History Museum offers two different self guided walking tours to explore the history of Renton. From long lost structures to historic buildings, these tours cover a lot of ground.

History Lives Here Walking Tour

"History Lives Here" is a self-guided tour of 22 markers highlighting historically significant places, people, and events in Renton. The Downtown Renton tour incorporates approximately one square mile and covers markers 2, 7, 9 through 14, 16, 17 and 19. A brief summary, along with historical photographs and pictures of related memorabilia, are included below to help illustrate history. The 12-inch by 24-inch black granite markers portray everything from the Duwamish Native Americans, and the Four Cow Wide Tunnel, to the Triple XXX Barrel Drive-In, and Boeing. The tour brochure is also available at the Renton History Museum.

Historic District Podcast

Every year the RenTeens take on a project of their choosing. In 2017, they created a walking tour of downtown Renton. This walking tour highlights the buildings which contribute to a potential downtown historic district that could be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Every building has a story, come learn about what makes downtown Renton so special.