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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 37 attractions in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums, Parks
Description: History museum full of informative displays and artifacts on the history of Washington state.
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Maui, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This museum was a wonderful surprise. I went during 3rd Thursday when all museums in the area are free. All the displays were well organized and helped you travel through time and growth of the state of Washington. I really enjoyed the room dealing with the Great Depression and Americas move into aviation. I also liked the inclusion of history... More

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Santa Monica, California
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22 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was on the Tacoma museum pass and was quite a well organized and vast collection of history of Washington state.

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Everett, Washington
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74 reviews 74 reviews
29 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This was my first time at the Washington State History Museum and I was impressed. It is nicely organized and had two full floors of displays. One floor is mostly geared toward children. There were several school field trips there when we were there. So if you want to avoid large groups of children, any time other than early June... More

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Missoula, Montana
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I would say go to this. I am a lover of history of anything. they have a lot of good history from the iceage and to the mordon time. To be able to see things that have shaped Washington in to the place it is today and how much the state and people of this state has played in the... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Our extended family often takes advantage of the free 3rd Thursday of the month evening entrance to this museum from 5-8 PM. If you have a Bank of America card, you may enter the museum for free on the first weekend of the month. We enjoy the featured museum exhibit that has a display for about 4-6 months. Lots of... More

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Okemos, Michigan
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310 attraction reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

My wife and I visited the Washington State Museum as we enjoy state museums. Nicely laid out with well done displays. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable. The cost is reasonable and it is well worth spending several hours seeing this museum.

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Portland, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I visited the museum last Thursday which was the third Thursday of the month which meant that it was free admission for 2:00 pm on. I enjoyed the museum very much and especially liked the Civil Way Pathway which dealt with how the Civil War effected the Pacific Northwest. The other interesting exhibit concerned David Douglas and his adventures as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

I showed up at 430 pm and they closed at 5, the young lady didn't charge me admission, and while I had to hurry, I got to see the whole museum, it was really interesting. All the employees were helpful and the exhibits were well done.

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Issaquah, Washington
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5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

I recently saw the Northwest Natives exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. While a top notch museum in General, the NYC museum could--and probably does--covet this detailed and superbly laid out exhibition. From the lifestyle and authentic artifacts of the ancient Salish peoples, to the initial interactions between tribes and Captain Grey, then the... More

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18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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