Lasting Legacy Wildlife Museum – Ritzville, Washington - Atlas Obscura

Lasting Legacy Wildlife Museum

Ritzville, Washington

A diorama lover's dream world. 


On the interstate between Spokane and Seattle, you will find a wild world of wonder. With over 1,000 animals on display, The Lasting Legacy Wildlife Museum has dioramas that other museums can only dream about.

Dr. Don Sebesta and his wife Sandy Tyler conceived and constructed this museum. Sandy crafts the diorama details and they are absolutely exquisite. The couple mans the museum each weekend, so be sure to ask them about their adventures around the world. Don has been to all kinds of exotic locations and has some great stories to tell.

The building is two stories tall and is lined with animals. The center of the building features an enormous Africa exhibit and the back of the museum has a sheep display from floor to ceiling.

The couple are considering adding a building that features dinosaurs. It was mentioned they might want a dinosaur on a track by the interstate that will attract passersby. One can only hope this becomes a reality. Stop by if you want to see some of the best dioramas in the country!

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