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Harbor History Museum

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Address: 4121 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98332-1080
Phone Number: 2538586722
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Great little museum

This place is worth a look. Good history on the Native Americans, early settlers, local industry. Takes about an hour and gives you a good idea about the region.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 15, 2016
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

This place is worth a look. Good history on the Native Americans, early settlers, local industry. Takes about an hour and gives you a good idea about the region.

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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

The Harbor History Museum is a great place to start your visit of Gig Harbor. Well presented exhibits show unique events and lifestyle history of Gig harbor. Rooster races, hard work in the forests and on the sound, and cooperation between diverse cultural groups made Gig Harbor the special place it is today. The volunteers restoring the fishing vessel under... More 

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Fox Island, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

The Harbor History Museum has carefully assembled artifacts, photos, even an old schoolhouse and fishing vessel to show visitors the wide history of this special harbor. The Slavic and Scandinavian fishing culture has been an important part of Gig Harbor's history. Don't miss this delightful foray into the past!

1 Thank paulimo
Olalla, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

This museum is worth an hour or so for locals and visitors alike. You will learn the history of the peninsula, beginning with Native American inhabitants, through European settlement, up to today. There are interactive displays, which are great for all ages. If you don't know about "Galloping Gertie," it's time you learned! You can also learn about ship-building and... More 

Fox Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

I had driven by this place for years and finally took the time to stop. The design and displays are as good as any museum I have been to. A great recap of the history of the area. Definitely worth stopping to see.

1 Thank geraldh463
Gig Harbor, Washington
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67 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

While attending the Gig Harbor Wine Feastable we entered the Harbor History Museum. There are wonderful pictures of the "old days" but what caught my eye were the remnants of Gallaping Gertie the original bridge. I had gone across this bridge in the short time it existed prior to the wind storm that destroyed it. Those small fragments tell a... More 

1 Thank Janet S
Bellevue, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

The state of the art building for the Harbor History Museum is a wonderful educational experience for (brief) history buffs and taxpayers. No expense was spared for this homage to the harbor.

1 Thank Shelah F
West Hills
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

A small maritime museum with photos, relics and short videos of what had made Gig Harbor what it is today. The many immigrants that settled in the area and created businesses and infrastructure that still exist today. A visit here gives you a better sense of the harbor and it's settlers.

1 Thank james p
Gig Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

Engaging exhibits, beautiful location, friendly and knowledgeable staff. A must see when you visit Gig Harbor.

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HarborHistoryMuse, Public Relations Manager at Harbor History Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're so glad you've enjoyed the Museum! More 

Arlington, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

This is an amazing museum for a small town, great exhibits of the history of the Kitsap Penisula and great maritime exhibit. The one room school house is very charming. Gig Harbor should be very proud to have such a great museum.

1 Thank BoatingInSeattle

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