Welcome to the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum

Join us in exploring, preserving and promoting Olympia’s history. We are a non-profit membership-based organization presenting the stories from our past to enrich the present and inform the future of Olympia. The Bigelow House Museum, owned and operated by the Society and Museum, is the oldest residence in Olympia, Washington, and one of the earliest still standing in the Pacific Northwest.

LENDING A HELPING HAND(rail, that is) The Olympia Historical Society-Bigelow House Museum is proud to announce another improvement to enhance the safety and enjoyment of museum visitors. Many thanks to the generosity of OHS-BHM board member David Goularte, a 2nd handrail has been installed on the southwest corner porch steps. This added feature will help visitors climb the steps to our Welcome Room where all tours begin. Thanks also to historic Olympia business Ziegler Welding and OHS-BHM super volunteer Ron Locke.

Society News

Looking Back

Historical Research Tools & Information

We have everything from photos and resident data to interactive maps to help you find the information you are looking for. Click on some of the more commonly used historical tools below or use the navigation at the top of the page to see all of categories.

Find out more about the people and places that have shaped our history

Looking Back feature in the Sunday Olympian

We have created interactive maps that will allow you to find out more information about important historic and heritage locations over time.

Resources to help you do your own research