A new museum at Snoqualmie Falls is opening to the public this month. The exhibits are housed in the historic carpenter shop and Snoqualmie Falls depot, and chronicle the Charles H. Baker's 1898-1899 development of the world's first underground power station. The Museum will be open for just 12 days, a trial that is allowing owner Puget Sound Energy to evaluate and refine the program. (More information is included at end of this post.) A more comprehensive operating schedule is being planned for summer 2015.
Saturdays and Sundays through the end of August offer free guided tours of the new museum. In addition, Friday, August 15 and Monday September 1 will also offer public access. Saturday and weekday tours are being offered at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 2:30 PM and are scheduled to last 90 minutes; they are free. On Sundays tours are offered at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM. All tours depart from the Snoqualmie Falls park Upper Plaza at the sandwich board kiosk titled "Snoqualmie Falls Historic Area Museum Tours" and last a total of 90 minutes.
Tours accommodate a maximum of 14 people and are recommended for ages 12 years and older. Reservations for the free tour and shuttle can be made by calling the Depot Bookstore at 425-888-3030 x 7202. (The cut off for reservations is 5pm on Friday.)
A special additional tour option is also being offered: a train excursion followed by the museum tour. This two hour 30 minute tour costs $20 per person, which includes the train excursion, and departs at 12:30 PM (Sundays) from the Snoqualmie Depot
at 38625 SE King Street in historic downtown Snoqualmie. With space for just 15 participants per tour, the Northwest Railway Museum recommends advance purchase of train and tour combination tickets
, which will be available at will call in the Snoqualmie Depot at least 30 minutes prior to departure.