RAYMOND Wash. - Take a trip back in time at the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond, Wash. Featuring 24 antique carriages from the turn of the 19th century, the museum brings the elegance of the horse drawn era to Southwest Washington.

The only museum of its kind on the Northwest Coast, the museum examines the history of horse drawn vehicles both for transportation and socially with interpretative panels, photography and displays.

The carriages in the museum were donated to the City of Raymond by Raymond residents Gary and Cec Dennis. The Dennis' acquired the carriages from across the country and had them restored to their original beauty.

The museum has recently added several interactive exhibits that are fun for young and old alike. Try on a buckskin vest or a bonnet, climb into the Democrat wagon and have a "pioneer moment" or put a wheel together in the wheelwright's shop.

The Northwest Carriage Museum is located at 314 Alder Street, next to the Public Market. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children.

Families are $7, and children younger than 6 are admitted free. Group rates are available. For more information, call (360) 942-4150 or visit the Web site (nwcarriagemuseum@willapabay.org)

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