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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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A Model for Other Historical Museums

I like history museums and have been to many both in the U.S. and abroad. This one is up there with the best of them, in my opinion. In a large space of several floors are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I like history museums and have been to many both in the U.S. and abroad. This one is up there with the best of them, in my opinion. In a large space of several floors are impressive exhibits, both permanent and temporary, that tell the story of Washington State. It's history is explained in sort of a walking progress through... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

My kids grew up being brought to this fine history museum. It can easily be part of an outstanding museum day in downtown Tacoma -- including visits to the Museum of Glass and the TAM. The permanent exhibits are quite interesting and the array of visiting exhibits is terrific.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The native American exhibits are great and the location is good for access. We had nothing to dislike about it.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We really enjoyed a special exhibit on WWIi posters. But most of the museum seemed dated. There were very few patrons the day we were there. It probably wouldn't appeal to older kids.

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Santa Clarita, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
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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Fairbanks, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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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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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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