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Washington State History Museum

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Visiting from out of town and had an older teen and young adult kids. The locals we visited had... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Mary H
The model railroad is great

There is a fantastic huge model railroad on the top floor at the far end of the building. Lots of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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History museum full of informative displays and artifacts on the history of Washington state.
1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3109
+1 888-238-4373
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Visiting from out of town and had an older teen and young adult kids. The locals we visited had never been to it and since it was across the walking bridge from the Museum of Glass we decided to walk over and take a look....More

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a fantastic huge model railroad on the top floor at the far end of the building. Lots of trains and recreated landmarks...

Thank MikeJ98686
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a historian, I enjoyed learning more about the state, and particularly the fact that the guy at the front desk was a bit of a state history nerd. I told him my specialty was Jewish history and he told me exactly where to look...More

Thank DavidBenkof
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Because my ancestors had a role to play in the history of this State, I was interested to visit this museum and learn more about the State's history. I was a bit taken aback by the decided emphasis of the displays on the prehistory of...More

Thank DonaldYokum
Reviewed July 2, 2018

I was extremely moved by the fantastic efforts made to capture the immigrant stories, as well as to call out the Native heritages here in Washington. The racial diversity/tolerance exhibit was really meaningful to me! Lots of fun exhibits for folks at nearly every age...More

Thank KimT_6294
Reviewed June 12, 2018

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

Thank SergeGTS
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

Thank Ana Liza A
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

Thank Svetlana P
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

Thank BBDY
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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