In 2020, the Poulsbo Historical Society faced a challenge: the Heritage Museum had outgrown its space at City Hall. A new space was needed, and the space needed to be permanent.
At the same time, the owners of the historic Nilsen-Sonju house were ready to sell their building, but wanted it to be preserved intact and for its history to be honored.
PHS purchased the house on a 10-year plan to allow time to raise the funds. The Heritage Museum has been moved into the Nilsen-Sonju House, next door to the Maritime Museum and Boat Yard.
Campaign Cost Total: $1.35 million
- Nilsen-Sonju House and adjacent lot purchase ($850,000) 33% raised!
- Repairs and renovations
- Accessibility improvements
√ Electrical upgrades
√ Replace Windows
√ Heating System
Lift to 2nd floor
Safety (handrails, windows)
Porch, SW corner of house supports
Upstairs (walls; children’s area)
The 1908 Nilsen-Sonju House
For more than a century, this historic home has been a fixture on Front Street. Please help us finalize the purchase and give it some love!
Thank you for supporting the project!
You can support our capital campaign by making a: • monthly gift • gift of stock • corporate donation • pledge paid over 5 years (download form) • gift through your IRA (RMD) • personal gift (online or by check)
If you are making a significant donation, please consider mailing us a check (P.O. Box 844, Poulsbo WA 98370) or calling (360) 440-7354 with your credit card so we can save on card processing fees. Gifts of $250 or more will be recognized on signage at the Heritage Museum. Please list the name(s) the way you’d like them to appear. Thank you!