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Washington State History Museum

Address: 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone Number: 888-238-4373; 253-272-9747
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Ranked #5 of 29 Attractions in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums, Nature & Parks
Owner description: History museum full of informative displays and artifacts on the history of Washington state.
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Type: History Museums, Museums, Nature & Parks
Owner description: History museum full of informative displays and artifacts on the history of Washington state.

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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Vancouver, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Awesome model train displays set up on 5 levels during the month of December. Many other very good displays throughout the museum.

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Tacoma, Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This is one of the best museums I have been to! The people were friendly and the exhibits were amazing! There were a lot of interactive areas which we great for the kids AND the adults. If you have kids, be sure to ask for the scavenger hunt at the desk. They may even give you a coloring book for... More 

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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250 reviews 250 reviews
142 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Upon entering this museum, one can see right away what a great draw this would be for school field trips. My buddy and I went on a Sunday, and there were very few people in the building, which made it ideal for strolling around at leisure. Based on how the attractions appeared to me, I would categorize the museum into... More 

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TACOMA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Highly recommend it, when we went there were great exhibits regarding the civil war but also live exhibits going on throughout the day. I love it!!!

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Tacoma, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Every November or December I go to the History Museum. It's a great place to buy gifts for people who enjoy local and state history. Be sure to watch for the "off-beat" exhibits. I went during the DB Cooper Exhibit and was completely fascinated with the detail and thoughtful layout. The curators know how to present stories by including the... More 

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Shelton, Washington
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162 reviews 162 reviews
71 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Lots of hands on activities for the kids, videos, costumes, exhibits, model rail roads, and special exhibits. Lots of exhibits for the adults including the WWI posters. A little light on some of the history and background of some of the exhibits.

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Seattle, WA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This museum is chock full of surprises! One of the floors is dedicated to kids with so many hands on activities to learn about the state of Washington and its history. I'm a teacher and I can't wait to take my students here. What really impressed me was a display that showed how the land changed over time from the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Well worth the time! Very well laid-out - very informative. Awesome place to spend a rainy afternoon. ( HINT : GO TO THE LOCAL LIBRARY FOR A FREE PASS! )

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