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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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15 reviews 15 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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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SEATTLE
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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38 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It's $11 per person to enter the museum. There are basically two floors of exhibits, although it seems the museum would be much larger. It was an interesting visit, and I would recommend two visits spread over a year's time. The most interesting part to me was the part of the museum dedicated to Washington's mountains and volcanoes, although that... More 

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Puyallup, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The new exhibit on volcanos is so interesting as the 35th anniversary of the Mt St Helens eruption draws near. There is so much to see and the museum store has unique gift items.

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Hamilton, Montana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My son and I spent a delightful afternoon at the museum. Whats even better is admission was free for military members (not all the time) due to a special promotion for that month. I was in town helping my son move off base and we took a break to explore Tacoma. I love history and enjoyed the entire museum -... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We were visiting when the glass museum and the zoo were closed so this was third choice. It is a small museum with really enthusiastic staff. I found the exhibits just interesting enough to hold my attention but not get me really excited, and I like history. The gift shop is quite nice.

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Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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35 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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