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Washington State History Museum

1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
888-238-4373; 253-272-9747
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Ranked #9 of 34 attractions in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Museums, Parks
Description: History museum full of informative displays and artifacts on the history of Washington state.
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Seattle
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Always worth the trip from Seattle for an interactive history immersion! We loved the model train and Cooper exhibits, which recently closed. "Cooper" was skillfully curated to give you a detailed insight into air travel at that time, not just the NW Airlines hijacking event. The model train exhibit was displayed in several galleries, featuring a variety of train scales... More

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Enumclaw, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This is a very nice museum with lots to explore and plenty of hands on things for kids. We also went during the train expo which was an added bonus.

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Bremerton, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Over the Veteran's Day holiday, I visited the Washington State History Museum's exhibit "Cooper", the man who jumped with $200,000 in ransom money from a Northwest Orient Flight from Seattle to Reno on November 23, 1971...It was The most famous unsolved hijacking of the century and opened the door to changes in transportation security that have impacted the way we... More

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tacoma
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

This museum is on par with the best of the best. Plan on spending 4 hours. Get a pass to return. Take your time. Feel the history. Enjoy the movie of the amazing Columbia river. Let your children have the time to experience it slowly. One floor at a time. The trains during the holidays are always a hit.

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Sacramento, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

The building is new but is built to mirror the former train depot (now used as a Federal Court House) directly adjacent to it and it is well done. The exhibits are thorough in touching natural, cultural and social history of Washington. It had wonderful hands-on exhibits for kids. The temporary D. B. Cooper exhibit (until Jan 2014) is fun... More

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Olympia, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

I have lived in Washington State for 60+ years and had never been to the History Museum. This was a great experience. I plan to make a trip to the Washington State Library located in Tumwater WA to learn more about my state.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

A beautiful place to take in the history of Washington State. There is a great HO model railroad recreation of railroading in Tacoma. A huge layout with great craftsmanship on display. A must see for all ages.

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Kelso, Washington
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

I grew up in Washington state so I was not very impressed with the permanent exhibit. The special exhibit they currently have on D.B. Cooper makes a visit worthwhile and I would highly recommend going to see that exhibit. Unless you are new to Washington or are homeschooling your children don't bother with the permanent exhibit.

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Seattle
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I grew up in Tacoma but hadn't been there for 30 years other than to drive thru. It was very interesting to see thing and remember them by the exhibits. It was very well done well worth the trip and time to see it.

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Seattle
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69 reviews 69 reviews
13 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

This museum seemed mostly geared towards children and students, offering a wide variety of interactive exhibits featuring different aspects of Washington's history. Themes included geology, geography, industry, ethnicity, exploration, development & commerce in Washington state. Upstairs the museum had a few general historical exhibits on display, including one featuring a mummy and another about motorcycles. The museum was worth visiting... More

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