The Kirkman House Museum was constructed in 1880 by two of Walla Walla’s most prominent citizens, William and Isabella Kirkman. Today this elegant home provides visitors a glimpse of early Walla Walla’s history and Victorian life in general.
Visitors have the option of self-guided or guided tours where they will learn about the life of William Kirkman from his humble beginnings in Ramsbottom England to becoming one of Walla Walla’s most respected and wealthy residents. His travels took him to New York, Panama, California, Australia, Hawaii, British Columbian, Idaho, and finally Washington Territory. Isabella immigrated from Ireland to San Francisco in 1863 at the age of 17–possibly to meet the dashing William? The saga related by the museum docents highlights the Kirkman’s triumphs, tragedies, and misfortunes and details the history of the house after the family left it.
The museum is furnished as a late 19th century home with period pieces and many original items donated by Kirkman descendants. Unlike most museums, guests are allowed to walk the house as the family did and play the original 1881 Coffin piano or parlor organ. They may also view stereographs and listen to an Edison cylinder phonograph. In the winter they can even ask for a cup of tea.
The museum hosts several events over the course of the year and can be rented for special occasions. Visit our web site for all the latest information on events and activities. kirkmanhousemuseum.org
214 North Colville Street
Walla Walla, WA, 99362