Key Peninsula Historical Society & Museum

Welcome to the Key Peninsula Historical Society & Museum

Thank you for visiting the Key Peninsula Historical Society and Museum website. Currently we are observing the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are following their protocol regarding the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19.

The museum is open twice a week, and also by appointment. Regular hours are 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Saturday afternoons. Note: The museum is closed from December through February while we prepare a new exhibit.

The Key Peninsula Historical Society (KPHS) is dedicated to the preservation of our local history. We hold meetings, organize events, publish newsletters, digitize documents and photos, and staff our local museum.

Our mission is to gather, record, preserve and disseminate information on the history of the Pierce County area generally known as the Key Peninsula, so that succeeding generations of residents will have a firm and accurate record from early exploration and settlement to the present.

Admission to our museum is free although donations are welcomed. If you are visiting from afar, please explore our past museum exhibits in our archives. Check out the museum online store to see our collection of books, mugs, t-shirts, maps and other items for sale, or stop by our Facebook page to see what’s going on at the museum.

Interested in supporting our efforts? Visit the KPHS membership page and join instantly, or if you’d like to make a general financial contribution, you can always make a donation online.

The museum is now open, featuring The Road Show,
our 2024 exhibition celebrating the peninsula’s highways and byways.
We are located at 17010 South Vaughn Road NW, just to the south of the Key Peninsula Civic Center.

Roads are a community’s unsung heroes.
Come see how they evolved on the Key Peninsula!

Click Here for KPHS Family Fun Auto-based Scavenger Hunt 


KPHS featured in the News Tribune!

It was the community’s place’: Historical society aims to bring Vaughn Library back to life

Video by David Montesino, posted Feb. 6,  2018




The projects of the Key Peninsula Historical Society and Museum would not be possible without the generous support of our members and donors. Thank you!

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