We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Washington State Capital Museum

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 211 SW 21st Avenue, Olympia, WA 98501
Phone Number: (360) 753-2580
Improve this listing

Small museum near the Capitol building.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 22 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 9
  • 9
    Very good
  • 3
  • 1
  • 0

Provides great history of Washington State. Recommend coupling it with a Capitol tour to enjoy the full experience!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Austin K
Olympia, Washington
Add Photo Write a Review

22 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Santa Clara, California
Level Contributor
35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Beautiful marble stairs and hallways, the Senate Chamber is old but you can almost smell the history. Would love to go back again.

1 Thank kayleighsmom
Lacey, Washington
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Most of the buildings are open to the public, and there are tour guides 7 days a week. Be sure to walk the grounds, check out the view over Budd Bay, and check out the rotunda and senate/house chambers. Great for everyone!

1 Thank food4lifeforever
West Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
105 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I loved this place such history when coming from BC Canada it is amazing we have nothing like this in our capital puts us to shame The war monument really makes you think

1 Thank Chris M
Reno, Nevada
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Climb the steps to enter the capital building in Olympia and you are greeted at the Visitors Desk by a volunteer who is anxious to welcome you. Children are given lovely coloring books about the state of Washinton. My 5 year old grandson loved the large brass bust of George Washington and my 10 year old grandaughter loved sitting in... More 

1 Thank Kathy B
Olympia, Washington
Level Contributor
79 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Provides great history of Washington State. Recommend coupling it with a Capitol tour to enjoy the full experience!

1 Thank Austin K
Level Contributor
244 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

construction made it hard to get around and the capital was much better. sort of a statewide welcome station than a true capital museum

1 Thank m v
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Having visited the Capital a couple times with visiting friends from overseas last year. We wanted to experience a sunset and views of the South Sound from the grounds of the Capital hill. We got there an hour and a half earlier so we could wander around the campus as the Capital building in the changing light was perfect for... More 

Thank russece
Level Contributor
371 reviews
189 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We visited the State Capitol after visiting hours but spent some time viewing the facility and walking the grounds. Impressive building with great views towards the Puget Sounds. The grounds are nice as well.

Thank Ottawajester
Palm Bay, Florida
Level Contributor
757 reviews
378 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We did a self guided tour of the museum. Their were many displays -- paintings, sculptures, etc. Even artwork done by various school children in the area.

Thank Ronald G
Level Contributor
51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Located in the old Lord Mansion, the museum is a little hard to locate. Use GPS to find. Give yourself 1 hr to tour the limited content. The museum is primarily historic/modern photos of Olympia "then and now" with accompanying text. Most of the info I had already seen on the internet before arrival in town. Very few artifacts were... More 

5 Thank Kenneth H

Travelers who viewed Washington State Capital Museum also viewed


Been to Washington State Capital Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Washington State Capital Museum and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Washington State Capital Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?