Visit & Explore
The DuPont Historical Museum opened in 1977 and is still thriving. Filled with historical materials such as manuscripts, books, newspapers, periodicals, photos, maps, and other archival materials - it tells the story of the unique role that DuPont played in the development of Washington State and the Puget Sound Region. Exhibits include displays and artifacts from the four eras of DuPont history - beginning with the Native Americans, through the Hudson Bay Company and DuPont Company to Weyerhaeuser’s planned community, Northwest Landing. The museum also features archival photographs, tools used to manufacture dynamite and various displays of Life in a Company Town from 1906 to modern living in DuPont today. Come check it out today!
To arrange a special tour, please call (253) 964-2399.
Robinson Park is adjacent to the DuPont Museum’s facility and adds to your museum experience. Also, take time to visit the DuPont Dynamite Train, which is located adjacent to the museum as well.
History of DuPont
DuPont is the Gateway to Puget Sound History, and is a city of "firsts:"
- Home of the first European settlement in Puget Sound - The original 1832 Hudson’s Bay Company Fort Nisqually
- In 1906 the first industrial plant in the Northwest owned by the E.I. DuPont de Nemours Company was built in DuPont to manufacture explosives and remained in operation until 1976
- The Beaver was the first steamboat on the northwest coast
- The first American settlement in Puget Sound General
- The first Fourth of July celebration west of the Missouri River was held here by Captain Wilkes and the U.S. Exploring Expedition
- The first overland road in the Pacific Northwest Territory (1834)
- The Nisqually Mission (1839 to 1842) was home to the first school teacher, the first wedding of U.S. citizens, and the first birth of an American child
- Was the first named location in the Oregon Territory
- Weyerhaeuser’s planned community, Northwest Landing, in DuPont became a model for New Urbanism and Smart Growth movements
For more information about DuPont and the DuPont Museum, please visit the museum website.