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Hands On Children's Museum

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Address: 414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501-1124
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+1 360-956-0818
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Interactive exhibits teach children through activities.

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Lots of Fun, Despite Significant Crowds

We went here on a beautiful day over the weekend, the museum was quite crowded, but was well built to support a large number of children, They had plenty of staff available to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Patrick R
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went here on a beautiful day over the weekend, the museum was quite crowded, but was well built to support a large number of children, They had plenty of staff available to help manage the chaos. Additionally the outdoor play area was completely open on such a beautiful day. My kids (1 & 3) certainly enjoyed their day and... More 

Thank Patrick R
Dupont, Washington
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Can't say enough good things about this place. It's a large museum, so there's something for every interest. There's a slide that goes from the second floor to the first, life-size emergency vehicles (and costumes!), a big ferry, water table, a trike racing track, painting (outside, seasonal), and lots more. Definitely goes above and beyond the usual children's museum offerings.... More 

Thank GarriedAway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My Grandson and Great Grandkids had so much fun. I ordered more tickets for a 2017 visit . A very well maintained facility.

Thank Woody H
Olympia, Washington
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to Hands On Museum on Sunday Afternoon with my wife & kids (2 kids - 7 year old girl and 3 year old boy) and had a blast. Clean place and very friendly staff - have a great cafe near the entrance with great snacks and coffee if you or your little ones need some snacks... :) Also, had... More 

Thank bigmac93
Ontario, California
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26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great children's museum full of LOTS of cool stuff for kids. Mostly for children under 10, though we had a 13 and 14 year old who enjoyed parts of it. Totally hands on with inside and outside activities. Highly recommend!

Thank cathycW6428GT
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299 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is awesome. They have a really good set up. We went on a weekend and it was busy but we never felt like we couldn't find space. So many attractions, hours and hours of fun. I would allow a minimum of 2hrs when visiting.

Thank fnqfamily
Olympia, Washington
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have two children a two and five year old, both boys. There's something for everyone here. Stuff outside, and inside. Very helping for any income bracket too

Thank idlevibes
Olympia, Washington
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My grandkids were here for Christmas, ages 1,2,4. They loved it and stayed over two hours until we drug them out of there. Very safe, educational and fun place.

Thank christy r
Shelton, Washington
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Hands On Children's Museum is one of the best children's museums I have seen. Well planned to allow children to have as much freedom to explore as possible without adult intervention, provides experiences with the common and the not-so-common; it is clean, safe, and enticing. Visit the grocery store, the police car, the emergency aide vehicle, the construction site,... More 

Thank soosihongkong
Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Hands on Children's Museum relocated to their new space I believe in the last five years or so. It's bright, well-designed, has great exhibits, and serves the younger set very well. (They also host events and functions, and it's a great place for parties and celebrations.) That being said, I've always thought that they would have been better served... More 

Thank Andy K
Communications M, Manager at Hands On Children's Museum, responded to this review

Greetings, Andy! Thank you for your review and for expressing your concerns. Our name is Hands On Children’s Museum to reflect the interactivity that is our hallmark. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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