Featured Exhibits

Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site Exhibit


Exhibit Closes March 21, 2019

What was Benton County like 10,000 years ago? What about 25,000 years ago? The Mid-Columbia Basin Old Natural Education Sciences (MCBONES) Research Center Foundation is exploring that question at their dig site at Coyote Canyon.

Image of Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig Site. Photo from MCBONES Research Center Foundation Facebook page.

Image of Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig Site. Photo from MCBONES Research Center Foundation Facebook page.


Join us this winter as we discover Columbian Mammoths, who roamed eastern Washington throughout the Pleistocene Epoch (the last Ice Age) and the Cataclysmic Ice Age floods (such as those released from Glacial Lake Missoula) that poured across Eastern Washington, sweeping many mammoths and other creatures to their deaths.

This exhibit features the work being done at the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig Site. In November 1999, mammoth bones were discovered in a quarry south of Kennewick, Washington. The site was left undisturbed until it was rediscovered in 2008. At that time, it was established that the mammoth bones were located in Ice Age Flood deposits. Upon rediscovery, excitement grew that this site might offer a unique opportunity for students, teachers, and researchers to investigate and study a well-preserved mammoth find in the context of Ice Age flood deposits. Formal excavation of the site began in September, 2010.

Ongoing excavation provides an opportunity for students, teachers, scientists, and community volunteers to collaborate among several scientific disciplines. They will share some of their discoveries with you this winter at the East Benton County History Museum!


Re-InVintage: oLD things made cool again!

A Recycled Art Show


Exhibit Opens April 4, 2019

Opening Reception April 4th from 4pm to 8pm

Call to artists extended to March 15th.

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Inspired by both the “Up-Cycle” movement and the tenets of recycling and reducing one’s environmental footprint, this exhibit is showcases the innovators and artists who are taking old or throw-away objects and either repairing them or making them into something new, beautiful, or useful.