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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
10:00 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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Never a dull moment or idle hands

Plan on spending at least two to three hours here or more, the activities makes time fly by. Walking distance to several other popular locations for families.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Olympia, Washington
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Olympia, Washington
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3 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

when I first went there. there was probably 30 little kids running around. But after about and hour easily 400 little ones running, jumping. it gets realy packed also my daughter got knocked over and stepped on so we soon left after that.

Thank GramHader
Olympia, Washington
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Plan on spending at least two to three hours here or more, the activities makes time fly by. Walking distance to several other popular locations for families.

Thank 789joyce
Olympia, Washington
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My grandsons enjoy going to Hands on Museum when in town. It's even fun for the grownups! However, it is a bit pricey, so plan to stay awhile. Great activities, both indoors and out.

Thank Greyseagirl
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have the grandparent yearly pass. This is a great place to go for a few hours. It's nice that they change out some of the displays occasionally. The outside of the building is a great place to spend a sunny day and let the kids play by the stream and sit on a blanket and have lunch.

Thank queenirene
Olympia, Washington
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful things to do with the family!! Everyone will enjoy everything that there is to do at the museum!! Always a fun time and great thing to do on a rainy day!!

Thank coronabets
Olympia, Washington
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2017

I love taking my grandchildren to this museum! There is so much to do! Children can engage in activities that mimic real life situations in a safe environment. We go here often--rainy days are awesome times to visit and when the sun is out the outdoor spaces are great!

Thank TravelerWa62
Tacoma, Washington
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549 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2017

Open every day til 5pm, $13 for entry. Additional hours for members. I remember back in the day when this museum was housed in a small space next to the capitol. Now it is a large, lovely building on the waterfront in Olympia. While most of the activities are aimed at children baby through 10, this museum actually has events... More 

Thank jay s
San Diego, California
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82 reviews
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Reviewed April 12, 2017

Fun, Fun, Fun for children and adults of all ages. You won't be sorry, only that it will take multiple visits to enjoy all the hands-on learning experiences and games. Your kids and grandchildren will love you for it.

Thank tfobmtz
Olympia, Washington
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2017

Well done, super-fun interactive museum for the smalker kids. So many fun, interactive exhibits. Also a wading stream out front fir the hot summer days and an excellent outdoor play area.

Thank Wendy B
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7 reviews
Reviewed April 10, 2017

My granddaughter & I thoroughly enjoyed a full day at the Museum. There are so many activities, motivational toys & games to explore & enjoy. No time for boredom.

Thank Pat L

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