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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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Really Great Historical Museum

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 6, 2015
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Santa Clarita, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

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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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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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
12 helpful votes 12 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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38 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 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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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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Address: Address: 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone Number: 888-238-4373; 253-272-9747
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma

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