We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Washington State History Museum

1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
888-238-4373; 253-272-9747
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #7 of 38 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.
Write a Review

93 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    57
    25
    9
    2
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Seattle, WA
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vancouver, Canada
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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! )

Was this review helpful? Yes
Spokane, Washington
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The interactive exhibits and creative displays made WA history come alive. The mining, logging and railroad role in state history as well as the contribution of diverse people groups makes this engaging for all ages.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Honolulu, Hawaii
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
46 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Very well put together, though it could easily be twice the size. Budget a couple hours to get through this one, more with kids.

Was this review helpful? Yes
near Portland, Oregon
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Exhibits are fresh-looking and well presented covering the history of Washington State from Native Americans to mid-19th century. Good for all ages.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pacific, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This place was amazing and fun to walk through. We took our daughter of 3 years with us and enjoyed it immensly. The Museum of Glass is just over a walk way and we went there as well. Such pretty things to see!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dallas, Texas
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
77 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Washington State History Museum is just across the Chihuly decorated foot bridge from the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Currently it is featuring an exhibit of World War One posters from a private collection. That exhibit is worth a stop by itself. The multistoried museum, formerly a railroad station, is very well laid out with great exhibits featuring the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tacoma, Washington
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Tacoma visitors should find Pearl Street and drive to its end to enter America's second largest city park. Formal rose gardens native gardens, a world class zoo, salt water beach, an historic and mostly authentic Hudson Bay Company Fort from the the mid 19th Century, a dense old growth forest, miles of easy hiking trails, great vista overlooks await the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hellevoetsluis, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
48 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

After having seen the State museum in Tennessee I decided to go and see this museum as well. Since I have a love for history these kind of museums are right up my alley. They have a lot of interesting displays and I think it is definitely worth while. As there are a lot of interactive features it is also... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Red Bluff, California
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
36 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We actually missed this as we were there on a Monday. Looked like a really nice museum though, and located on the water, in historic area with lots of other attractions.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Washington State History Museum also viewed

 

Been to Washington State History Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Do you own or manage Washington State History Museum?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing