Yakima Valley Museum

Lock, Stock, and Barrel: Historic Firearms of the Yakima Valley Museum

September 23, 2017 through February 10, 2018

Historic firearms have been a part of Yakima Valley Museum’s collections since the institution’s founding in 1951. Over the years, these holdings have grown to include rifles, pistols, artillery, and ammunition that date from Colonial America, through westward expansion, to major military conflicts of both the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, firearms comprise one of the museum’s most significant collections.

Lock, Stock, and Barrel: Historic Firearms of the Yakima Valley Museum showcases the variety of guns in this extensive collection, interpreting them as tools of survival and defense. Through the multiple lenses of science, invention, entrepreneurship, and popular culture, this exhibition speaks to the ingenuity and evolution in gun technology, as well as the role firearms have played in the development of our nation and in the shaping of American identity.

Join us for the opening reception of Lock, Stock, and Barrel on Friday, September 22, from 5:00 to 7:00. The reception is free and open to the public.

Special Program
Join us on Saturday, November 4 at 2:00 PM for a presentation by firearms expert Ashley Hlebinsky, the Robert W. Woodruff Curator at the Cody Firearms Museum

This exhibition has been made possible in part by the generosity of Johnnie and Janice Ridgway.