port gamble museum of shells and natural history
What the Shell?
The Port Gamble Museum of Shells & Natural History may not be a real museum, but then, Port Gamble isn't a real town, either. (It's an unincorporated part of Kitsap County that was formerly a mill town.) The museum, such as it is, is located on the second floor of the General Store, which itself is worth perusing for old-time candies, sodas, and novelties. Dusty cases line the balcony, filled with geoducks, square starfish, fanciful shell-art pictures and sculptures, and the occasional stuffed armadillo riding a king crab. Blurry typewritten (or handwritten) cards aren't always terribly informative, but definitely have a handmade labor-of-love charm. It takes about an hour to go through this small, free museum, so if you're in the area, check out this eccentric collection.
By Stephanie Perry, AFAR Local Expert
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