Aberdeen Museum of History destroyed by fire, but good news is coming soon

Featured image: Inside the Aberdeen Museum of History in Aberdeen, Washington, before the fire on June 9, 2018 (photo credit: graysharbormuseums.org)

Update, May 5, 2019: I found a note on the museum’s Facebook page today that the museum is “Working to find a new location to reopen; not sure when it will happen, but it will!” According to the museum’s website, the board of directors is meeting monthly. The website also has information about how to donate to the museum.

Nirvana fans, history lovers, and the community are mourning the loss of the historical Armory Building in the small coastal town of Aberdeen, Washington. Flames shooting 20 to 30 feet high raced through the building on June 9, destroying a senior center, low-income assistance offices, and The Aberdeen Museum of History—a popular stop for Kurt Cobain fans.

Aberdeen is the birthplace of Cobain, who was the lead singer and guitarist for Nirvana. He co-founded the grunge rock band with bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen in 1987. The museum housed a display of Cobain T-shirts, drawings, and memorabilia. None actually belonged to Cobain, but a couch was on display that he slept on as a teenager. The couch wasn’t blocked off, so visitors could sit on it and take pictures.

Now the couch is gone, a victim of the fire.

The reports I found about the fire do not indicate how many artifacts were damaged or destroyed, but a Facebook post on June 10 indicated that some survived. The post also expressed thanks to the firefighters, city officials, and the community for their support.

Four days later, this announcement was posted: “Good news is coming!!! Stay tuned for updates!!!”

I will update this post as the good news develops.

Read reports about the fire from NPR and the Seattle Times.

2 thoughts on “Aberdeen Museum of History destroyed by fire, but good news is coming soon

  1. Cheryl, you have your facts somewhat confused. Emily Airhart was one of the founding members of the Aberdeen Museum of History; she died Feb. 14, 2018 after volunteering for 35 years. I have been the Director/Curator for the past two years.


    1. I’m sorry about the errors. I corrected the post tonight.

      On the museum’s homepage, I noticed that a PayPal account has been set up for donations. Are the artifacts that survived the fire in a temporary location now? I didn’t see any new information on the website but saw the posts about the parade and the All Class Reunion on the museum’s Facebook page.


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