The Northwest Room displays permanent art from the collection, including Catholic Ladders, “Bird’s Eye” or panoramic maps of Spokane, and original artwork. The room also includes five display cases, which feature temporary exhibits, which rotate several times a year.


Current Exhibit

Mapping the World

May 2018-July 2018

The study of geography goes back to ancient times as scholars sought to understand the physical world around them. Though people already drew maps, the first modern atlas was Abraham Ortelius’ Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, first published in 1570. What made that volume unique was that the maps were uniform. Atlases often having a unifying theme, such as an atlas of a particular place, but many of these early atlases gathered maps of the entire world. Many atlases included text with descriptions of the land, people and animals from the areas described.











Past Exhibits

November 2017–January 2018: Adventures and Opportunities in the Great West
August–October 2017: Greetings from the Northwest
May–July 2017: The Publishing Journey of Lewis and Clark’s Journals
January–May 2017: The Search for the Northwest Passage