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Washington State History Museum

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Great museum!

The model train set is amazing! It shows the history of Tacoma and is so detailed that we ended up... read more

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Manhattan Beach, California
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My mothers family is from the pacific northwest. her grandfather sailed the Clipper ships to the... read more

Reviewed 3 days 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 yesterday

The model train set is amazing! It shows the history of Tacoma and is so detailed that we ended up spending 45 minutes examining all that it offered. The first floor provides an overview of the history of the area (geology, geography, cultures, various populations'...More

Thank EricaLeB
Reviewed 3 days ago

My mothers family is from the pacific northwest. her grandfather sailed the Clipper ships to the orient. the displays brought back memories of the stories I was told as a child. my grandfather died on a ship returning home of appendicitis. the area around Seattle...More

Thank tonyl547
Reviewed 5 days ago

This museum has exhibits which could be interesting to many different people. I especially enjoyed the Geologic Time Line and the associated road trip where you could see the geologic results. I would have like to have this road trip in a brochure form so...More

Thank stucktravel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been the WSHM several times, and their special exhibitions make the visits worthwhile. The current shows on magicians and creative reuse are a terrific blend of history, fascinating artifacts and contemporary artists--in both cases, topics I wouldn't think could make a cohesive show, yet...More

Thank springjl2018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We liked this museum because it was as advertised... Covered the whole state. Exhibits were very well done.

Thank Don H
Reviewed August 16, 2018

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 August 3, 2018

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 July 29, 2018

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 July 23, 2018

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
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