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Hands On Children's Museum

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Address: 414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501
Phone Number: 360-956-0818
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Interactive exhibits teach children through activities.

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Wonderful place for young kids

This is really an excellent children's museum for a city the size of Olympia. Their new building is wonderful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Olympia, WA
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Olympia, WA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This is really an excellent children's museum for a city the size of Olympia. Their new building is wonderful.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

My great-niece and two great-nephews, ages 4-9, love this place and insist on visiting it whenever they come to Olympia. My niece likes that it keeps them busy playing and learning for hours. Leave lots of time.

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Olympia, WA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This museum grew from an idea a group of people had many years ago into an award winning place we all take our grandchildren (or children). It can be very crowded on holidays, but if you find a parking spot, go for it. I do wish the staff was better trained to explain why and how some of the exhibits... More 

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56 reviews 56 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

My daughter and grandson were visiting and I took them to the Hands on Children's museum. It was a nice facility but each individual space could have been larger. It was very cramped, limited on space and felt over crowded. It seemed like there should have been more employees manning each exhibition and maintaining control over the crowd and the... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The Hands on Museum is so well thought out and put together. They have things for kids of every age, even toddlers. The different "exhibits" allow for lots of parent participation, too. A favorite is the little garden and market area or the water table. I thought the old location of this museum was pretty great and I took my... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This place does not disappoint. Every person, from little to big, enjoys their experience here. So many options of activities, from tiny ones in the Harbor room, to older kids at the water table and jungle gym. Not to mention, the outside options are great and growing. We spend hours at the stream on hot days, or playing in the... More 

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Deer Park
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We have been to both the new and old museum. Great place for kids. Lots of hands on simulation. Need to go on an off day when less people. We went in the 1st Friday when it was free for kids and it was crazy. Still worth it though. Lots of education and fun. Would do it again in a... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

The Science Center is a great place to allow children to play and learn at the same time! Highly recommend coupling with WET Science Center

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Bellevue, Washington
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84 reviews 84 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I wish this had been around when our daughters had been growing up!! Our 10 yr old granddaughter (and her Papa) enjoyed all the interactive activities!!! I just wish there were more docents to help the children understand the different activities..and how they worked and WHY..as most of the young mother's were clueless!!

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Olympia, Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

If you're a local, get a membership. Use it on rainy days! They make awesome gifts for Birthdays and Holidays. If you're not a local, allow some time to spend relaxing and playing. Maybe walk to the farmers market for lunch and head back for more!

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