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Address: 540 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Phone Number: +1 360-385-1003
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Jefferson Museum of Art & History is the showcase for regional history...

Jefferson Museum of Art & History is the showcase for regional history and art with award winning exhibits. Maritime, Native American, Early Settlers, and noted artists are featured in multiple galleries. The museum is housed in Port Townsend's landmark 1892 City Hall which includes the original jail cells where Jack London spent a night.

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This is a great place to familiarize yourself with all the different historical aspects of Port Townsend. There's a nice man at the front desk with a map that will help you find... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
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Port Townsend, Washington
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Port Townsend, Washington
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is a great place to familiarize yourself with all the different historical aspects of Port Townsend. There's a nice man at the front desk with a map that will help you find interesting historical locations and sites around town. Walking tours start from here in the summer. Inside the museum, there's several different exhibits that change periodically. Subjects range... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

I come to Port Townsend around 5 times or so a year. It is one of my favorite places since I found it about 3 years ago. With that said I can not believe I just went through the museum. I came in with no expectations, but was a little disappointed. The guide was extremely friendly and really gave us... More 

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Thank Andrea S
Puyallup, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

If you like to know and hear about history this is a very cool place to visit. The staff was very knowledgeable!

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Thank nascent4u
Spokane
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

We were intrigued with the abundant history in this town, as is evident throughout the museum. My one complaint is that there is way too much information shared about the history of prostitution in Port Townsend in days-gone-by. Our children were not on this trip with us, and it was good to not have them exposed to such frank tales... More 

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The spooky jail and the firehouse in the basement were the big hit with the grandkids, also the toy corner with old toys they could play with and hats to try on.

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Thank SeattleTrubble
Tucson
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Setting is beautiful, but does not have as many exhibits as it seems there could/should be. Beautiful large old courtroom is presently filled with paintings; large open space that could/should show more local history. We've visited small local history museums all over the country and while this one has perfect location and beautiful building, it is short on history.

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Port Townsend, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This society does a great job with their collection. If you like Victorian art, furniture, etc and Maritime, sea collections, this is the place to go. Even toddler can enjoy visiting

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We met Sam who had lots of stories about Port Townsend and the area. Really nice little museum. Like their sign says, "a creepy jail" that will trill the kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 via mobile

Wonderful tour guide uptown tour was just fantastic very knowledgeable and friendly guide downtown tour is a must do the stories are wonderful great time must do in Port Townsend if you haven't done it yet gotta do it

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Oregon Coast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

It's a little hard to find, but make the effort! It's not the fancy County Courthouse - the museum is in a rather plain square brick building right near the water. The entrance fee is $5 each. We started in the film room. We sort of half paid attention to the film but what interested us the most were the... More 

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