Looking very much like the old-fashioned grocery store it once was, the outside of the Pacific County Museum might not catch the eye of those passing through South Bend on Highway 101.

But a stop at 1008 West Robert Bush Dr. (U.S. 101) is well worthwhile.

Step through the door into yesteryear and into what at first looks like a turn of the century barber shop. Cheerful volunteers invite visitors to browse through a range of interesting artifacts, mostly dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The museum, which is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (except national holidays), charges no admission. It is supported by membership, a Pacific County grant from a special hospitality tax and by visitor donations.

The museum also serves as an official county Tourist Information Center.

The museum, a registered charity with the IRS, is raising funds for a new facility.

For information, call (360) 875-5224, or access the Pacific County Historical Society Web site at www.pacificcohistory.org.

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