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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 #7 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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Red Bluff, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

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
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

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
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
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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Lacey, Washington
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This museum is grand! it is worth at least a 4 hour visit. The special exhibits are always worth a visit. A tip ... it is free on the third Thursday of the month from 2-8pm. Definitely worth the cost of admission--and you can feel the history come alive in the exhibits.

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Maui, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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70 reviews 70 reviews
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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76 reviews 76 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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