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Address: 540 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Phone Number: +1 360-385-1003
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Jefferson Museum of Art & History is the showcase for regional history...

Jefferson Museum of Art & History is the showcase for regional history and art with award winning exhibits. Maritime, Native American, Early Settlers, and noted artists are featured in multiple galleries. The museum is housed in Port Townsend's landmark 1892 City Hall which includes the original jail cells where Jack London spent a night.

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local history is a good start

As others have said in their reviews, this museum has a lot of local history. The first stop is a video, with some interesting information regarding the area and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
craig t
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Roseburg, Oregon
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Roseburg, Oregon
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As others have said in their reviews, this museum has a lot of local history. The first stop is a video, with some interesting information regarding the area and the people. This is one of three small museums run by the local historical society. A lot of information regarding the local industries and resources that made Port Townsend famous and... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

spend the 10 minutes to see the movie- this town is intact as it was 100 years ago and interesting to see early movies of when it had 12000 people -

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting History of the house and town area in the museum. Old Buildings in town, good shops and cafe's, Ferry point to Whidbey Island

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

I spent a glorious two hours or more, just exploring this old firehouse/courtroom turned into a Museum. The choices as you walked into the Courtroom, now housing major exhibits of native American art, gave me cause for a pause. I chose the jailhouse exhibit and I was very surprised at what was on display.

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1 Thank OneSaucyTrini
Port Townsend, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

Cool little museum. Nicely interpreted. Good photos although the video was not operational. The Port Townsend area has some very interesting history.

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1 Thank Helen R
Madisonville, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

A very friendly staff to greet you, and a nice gift shop awaits you. This is still a working city council building, and you are invited to go into the chambers during off hours to explore. Along with a good history display of the town, there is also an ongoing art exhibit in the gallery area. The old city jail... More 

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1 Thank Marian M
Grapeview, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

The old city hall building that houses this museum is interesting to look through. It has a decent history section with many old photographs. Downstairs, where the old jail is located was interesting. Also, be sure to see the old bank vault in the gift store area.

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Boquete, Panama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Great for history buffs; ok for art fans, some nice historic photos. Don't miss the jail in the basement ...its the best part of the visit.

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Port Townsend, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

The walking tour of the downtown area is most interesting and will definitely add to your enjoyment of Port Townsend. The tour starts at the Jefferson Museum of Art and History located at the City Hall building and operates from May to October. The tour guide stops very often to explain the many sites and to tell many interesting anecdotes.... More 

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Port Townsend, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is a great place to familiarize yourself with all the different historical aspects of Port Townsend. There's a nice man at the front desk with a map that will help you find interesting historical locations and sites around town. Walking tours start from here in the summer. Inside the museum, there's several different exhibits that change periodically. Subjects range... More 

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