Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts

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The Karshner Museum is a teaching museum owned and operated by the Puyallup School District.  It was founded in 1930 by Dr. and Mrs. Warner Karshner as a lasting memorial for their son, Paul, who died from polio in 1924.  Over the years, different displays have featured some of the more than 10,000 artifacts and specimens in the collection.

As a Center for Culture & Arts we wish to enhance cultural awareness and promote cultural competency.  We wish to build a culturally responsive learning community through creative educational programs offered for learners of all ages.

The purpose of the museum is to provide public education through the collection, preservation, research, interpretation and exhibition of artifacts, documents and photographs.  Our goal is to provide hands-on activities that encourage participation education for students, teachers, parents and the community.