Arts, Culture & History

Kitsap Peninsula is rich with arts and culture; from museums showcasing the region's culture, art and history to dozens of venues featuring live theater, dance and music. Use the Search Filter and Events Calendar to  find a wide range of activities for all ages and interests. 
Museums

Museums

Kitsap is home to a wide-range of museums offering exciting facts about the region's art, history, and culture that contribute to Kitsap's rich culture. We also have museums about puppets and bugs. Click here for a map and listings
Kitsap's Native American Heritage

Kitsap's Native American Heritage

Thousands of years before European exploration charted the waters of Puget Sound, several large communities of native people inhabited this area. Local tribes include Suquamish Tribe and the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe. One of the most famous tribal elders is Chief Seattle, ancestral leader of the Suquamish Tribe. Below is a photo of Chief Seattle's restored gravesite. 
Maritime History

Maritime History

Historic CarlisleMore than 150 years ago early settlers depended on water-based transport to move goods and people giving birth to the Mosquito Fleet.  Thanks to Kitsap Transit, visitors can still hop abroad the historic Carlisle II - from the original Mosquito Fleet still in in operation today. Runs weekdays between Bremerton and Port Orchard about every 30-minutes. $2 cash only. Click for schedule. Learn more about the Mosquito Fleet at the Kitsap County Historical Society & Museum and the Sidney Museum in Port Orchard.

Art Museums, Galleries & Walks

Art Museums, Galleries & Walks

Kitsap is home to a wide-range of destinations featuring artwork created by artists known around the region, nation, and internationally. BI Museum of ArtThe Bainbridge Island Museum of Arts has earned praise for its collection of contemporary art and art education events. There are dozens of art galleries around the region including Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Gallery in Silverdale which hosts gatherings of local artists the first Thursday of every month.  Use the filters in Search Arts, Culture & History for other art and gallery locations. 
Kitsap's Naval History

Kitsap's Naval History

The Puget Sound Navy Museum, shown above,  housed in the historic Building 50 built in 1896, is one of ten museums funded and administered by the U.S. Navy along with the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport. In addition to 6,000 sq. ft of space and 600 objects, the museum hosts special exhibits including the current one: Skin Deep: The Nautical Roots of Tattoo Culture traces the ties between naval history and tattoos, from Captain Cook's voyages to Tahiti to the modern U.S. Navy. Located nearby is the historic USS Turner Joy, Naval Destroyer Museum which is open for tours.
Japanese American Memorial

Japanese American Memorial

The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC) honors the heritage of the Issei (first–generation Japanese) who came to the United States, and particularly to Bainbridge Island, to make a new life for themselves and their children. It provides a rich historical perspective that affected both Bainbridge Island and United States.