Clymer Museum and Gallery

416 North Pearl Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926


Mission :

The mission of the Clymer Museum and Gallery is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the art and life of John Clymer, the art and life of his contemporaries, and the art of preceding and ensuing generations that depict and focus on the culture, life and country of Clymer’s America.

History :

In 1988, the idea to build a museum to honor John Clymer was proposed. Several community members approached the existing Western Art Association about establishing a museum in honor of John Ford Clymer. His family was long time members of this community. He graduated from Ellensburg High School. A Clymer Committee was established which developed into the Clymer Foundation. The Clymer Foundation successfully applied independently for a non-profit status.

John Clymer was living at the time the museum plans began, and he and Mrs. Clymer indicated their willingness to participate in the museum project. The Clymer Foundation purchased the historic Ramsay Building, built in 1901, as the site for the museum and proceeded to develop the plans for the museum.

The museum is possible through the vision and hard work of the early Board of Directors who spent many hours planning and putting in place the Clymer Museum. Without them the museum would not have been possible. The donation of original paintings by the Rasmussen Family contributes to our excellent collection of work by John Clymer. The Clymer Family and other generous donors have given paintings to make possible the collection which illustrates the varied career of John Clymer.

This generosity of the donors of paintings and the support of the museum has made it possible for the life of John Clymer to be honored in his hometown. The Board of Directors and Staff are honored to bring the work of Mr. Clymer to the public.

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