Tamástslikt Cultural Institute presents a unique perspective on regional history – that of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes – and shares the cultural and social impact felt upon the arrival of European emigrants.
The permanent exhibit wing tells the story of the Tribes in three parts: `We Were,` `We Are,` and `We Will Be.` With an expansive view of the Blue Mountains in the background, the Tribes’ story is shared through multi-media displays and hands-on activities. Several featured exhibitions are scheduled annually in the Tamastslikt gallery, and free outreach programs, events, and concerts are held year ’round.
The 45,000 square foot facility also features a visitor services wing complete with a large Museum Store emphasizing local tribal art, traditional handcrafts, plus exclusive Pendleton blanket designs. Kinship Cafe serves a Native-inspired lunch menu daily. Additionally, a multi-use theater, classroom, and outdoor spaces are available for public use.
The museum services wing features archives and photo collections, the Institute’s permanent artifact collection, a community storage facility, and other facilities for caring for artifacts, photos, and documents.
Tamástslikt , which means “interpret” in the Walla Walla native language, is located just past Wildhorse Resort & Casino that includes a casino, two hotels, Cineplex, Food Court, bowling alley, 100-space RV park, and 18-hole championship golf course.