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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 #8 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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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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.

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near Portland, Oregon
11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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.

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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!

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Dallas, Texas
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121 reviews 121 reviews
72 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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

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Tacoma, Washington
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

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Hellevoetsluis, The Netherlands
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89 reviews 89 reviews
48 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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

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Red Bluff, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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.

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The displays teach the visitor about the history of the state in an interactive way. However, the sound of the saw from the shingle factory could be heard everywhere. The displays covered all areas of the state, and all time frames. The model railroad display upstairs is a must see.

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Leiston, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

A lot of mock-ups of old cabins etc but all a bit history-light. Coming from Europe I am used to seeing even tiny museums having plenty of original artefacts. The museum is attractive but feels like an Indore theme park. It is OK for whirling away an hour or so.

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Grand Forks, North Dakota
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This was a very interesting place to say the least! We were there for close to 3 hours and I am not sure we even covered everything! One room led to the next and then another after that, it was great, interactive, things for the kids to get involved in. I like where you saw a display and who the... More

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