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Washington State History Museum

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Address: 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone Number: 888-238-4373; 253-272-9747
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Description: History museum full of informative displays and artifacts on the history...
History museum full of informative displays and artifacts on the history of Washington state.
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Great rainy day excursion!

The museum is a great collection of NW history, geology, industry and Native culture. The traveling exhibits On the 5th floor are thoughtfully Organized and displayed. Throughout... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Tacoma, Washington, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The museum is a great collection of NW history, geology, industry and Native culture. The traveling exhibits On the 5th floor are thoughtfully Organized and displayed. Throughout the museum, the quality of description and explanation is Excellent. A ' Don't Miss' is the Model train exhibit, 5th floor rear.

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Indio, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I felt this museum was good but lacking in more interactive displays. There is a wealth of information available but most if it is reading, reading, and even more reading. Some of the displays are presented quite well, but overall I was a little disappointed with the way things flowed. When I left I felt that I didn't get a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We benefited from the four museum passes and decided to visit the History museum from Tacoma. It encompasses scenes from the industry and History of Washington state with showcases. The most strikking exhibit is the soldiers photographs from wars along History from Civil War to Afghanistan. Very interesting if you've got teen-agers.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The museum has purchased a number of excellent native American pieces, which was mainly what we were looking at when we visited.

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Los Gatos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I like history museums and have been to many both in the U.S. and abroad. This one is up there with the best of them, in my opinion. In a large space of several floors are impressive exhibits, both permanent and temporary, that tell the story of Washington State. It's history is explained in sort of a walking progress through... More 

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

My kids grew up being brought to this fine history museum. It can easily be part of an outstanding museum day in downtown Tacoma -- including visits to the Museum of Glass and the TAM. The permanent exhibits are quite interesting and the array of visiting exhibits is terrific.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The native American exhibits are great and the location is good for access. We had nothing to dislike about it.

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Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We really enjoyed a special exhibit on WWIi posters. But most of the museum seemed dated. There were very few patrons the day we were there. It probably wouldn't appeal to older kids.

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Santa Clarita, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Modern museum, large, looks like it could expand, really focuses on Washington state history, displays look a little old, probably could use a traveling display of some sort to liven it up, not very busy or crowded, and I was there on a weekend, located across the street from university. I got a little discount because of non-museum related association... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

This museum does the state of Washington proud. Open, brightly lit and a really well thought out flow that makes your visit fun and easy to view. Lots and lots of history as well as many different events throughout the year will keep you coming back for more. Be sure to check out the glass museum and the Art museum... More 

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