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Washington State History Museum

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1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3109
+1 888-238-4373
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Scale Railroad is a highlight

The scale railroad on 5th floor is a highlight for sure. I spent quite a bit of time there while... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
SergeGTS
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Auburn, Washington
Toyzophia!!

We were lucky to got a chance to visit this museum during their Toyzophia exhibit. Once we entered... read more

Reviewed May 3, 2018
Ana Liza A
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Milton, Washington
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History museum full of informative displays and artifacts on the history of Washington state.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“model railroad” (16 reviews)
“all ages” (16 reviews)
“oregon trail” (3 reviews)
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1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3109
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+1 888-238-4373
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"model railroad"
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"all ages"
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"oregon trail"
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"native americans"
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"interactive displays"
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"special exhibit"
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"light rail"
in 3 reviews
"great for kids"
in 5 reviews
"gift shop"
in 10 reviews
"nice job"
in 3 reviews
"hands on activities"
in 3 reviews
"on display"
in 9 reviews
"pacific northwest"
in 4 reviews
"parking garage"
in 3 reviews
"couple of hours"
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"rainy day"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The scale railroad on 5th floor is a highlight for sure. I spent quite a bit of time there while my wife and kid were at Toytopia exhibit. Other than that... its a little lackluster. The displays on main floor are good, but nothing to...More

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Reviewed May 3, 2018

We were lucky to got a chance to visit this museum during their Toyzophia exhibit. Once we entered we felt like we were back as kids again and reminisce our childhood. It was fun even for us adults. Its a great educational & enjoyable place...More

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Reviewed April 26, 2018 via mobile

We were strolling through downtown Tacoma and came across this museum. We were lucky as well in that there was a toy exhibition which was amazing and well Presented. My teen daughter and I enjoyed reflecting back on games we played and there is a...More

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Reviewed April 21, 2018

Although the entire museum is quite well done, the HO scale model railroad built and operated by the Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers was the highlight of the visit for me. It is locally and historically based and both the scenery and structures are well...More

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Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

This museum is awesome I really enjoyed it Especially the special exhibit of toytopia was amazing I highly recommend this place It is kid friendly and not overpriced

Thank Allen B
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Reviewed March 9, 2018

we went in and spent four hours and if we didn't have an appointment would have stayed longer. They have visuals and audio samples and books and all sorts of things. I was super impressed. Both my sons really enjoyed the place, too.

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Reviewed February 17, 2018

Have been here a couple of times. It's pretty cool! Good place to bring people not from Washington or people looking to learn more about it.

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Reviewed February 7, 2018

Something for everyone here. Impressive, intelligent, interactive displays. Not just history & culture, but science, too, especially geology.

Thank Markian
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

The museum does this every christmas season and it is always fun. virtually every scale is on display but the permanent display (H O) is incredible. the entire display is historically based. Absolutely worth the trip and you don't have to wait for the holiday...More

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Reviewed January 2, 2018

Limited exhibits. I expected a lot more about the state of Washington. Train exhibit was not working properly, It appeared only a portion of the building was in use.

Thank 8AcrosstheRiver
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