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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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This museum contains a superb display of antique items, photos and colorful vintage clothing worth the whole trip.

This old museum is a real find and a unique attraction in such a far-away place as Tacoma, with its dazzling display of History, colorful period clothing and beautifully enlarged... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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95 reviews 95 reviews
50 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This old museum is a real find and a unique attraction in such a far-away place as Tacoma, with its dazzling display of History, colorful period clothing and beautifully enlarged photographs. The uncluttered setting shows off the collections to good advantage, and the descriptions reveal decades of American History in a very entertaining manner. Staff are helpful and well-informed, too.... More 

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303 reviews 303 reviews
59 attraction reviews
249 helpful votes 249 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This is a small, and very boring museum. It has numerous phony looking tableaux, and much about the repression of Native Americans by the European invaders. The model railroad on the 5th floor is worthwhile, but the rest of it is the same old saw that you see in any Western museum. The other problem is that the place was... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Give yourself time when going. We arrived later an we wanted and only had an hour. The mount saint Helens exhibit was very cool. We sailed through most of the museum just to see everything but wish we have been able to spend more time.

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SEATTLE
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This is a "must" for anyone interested in the history of the NW. It features rotating exhibits which are often interesting.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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122 reviews 122 reviews
38 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It's $11 per person to enter the museum. There are basically two floors of exhibits, although it seems the museum would be much larger. It was an interesting visit, and I would recommend two visits spread over a year's time. The most interesting part to me was the part of the museum dedicated to Washington's mountains and volcanoes, although that... More 

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Puyallup, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The new exhibit on volcanos is so interesting as the 35th anniversary of the Mt St Helens eruption draws near. There is so much to see and the museum store has unique gift items.

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Hamilton, Montana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My son and I spent a delightful afternoon at the museum. Whats even better is admission was free for military members (not all the time) due to a special promotion for that month. I was in town helping my son move off base and we took a break to explore Tacoma. I love history and enjoyed the entire museum -... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We were visiting when the glass museum and the zoo were closed so this was third choice. It is a small museum with really enthusiastic staff. I found the exhibits just interesting enough to hold my attention but not get me really excited, and I like history. The gift shop is quite nice.

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Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

A large museum that can take all day to see. Lots of stuff the kids will enjoy. The 3rd Thursday of every month is free 2-8.

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Tacoma, Washington
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

My wife and I went to the museum to see the annual Train Festival in late December 2014. Nearly every floor and every room had something related to model railroading for people to enjoy. The displays were in several different scales. We most enjoyed the two large N scale modular layouts and the permanent HO scale museum layout. It was... More 

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