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Washington State History Museum

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Address: 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone Number: 888-238-4373; 253-272-9747
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History museum full of informative displays and artifacts on the history of...

History museum full of informative displays and artifacts on the history of Washington state.

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Loved the lower level interactive space

Was thrilled to see an unusual exhibit of quilted objects. I am a fabric affectionado and nearly came to tears when I saw these exquisite pieces. I could not bring home photos as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was thrilled to see an unusual exhibit of quilted objects. I am a fabric affectionado and nearly came to tears when I saw these exquisite pieces. I could not bring home photos as that was not allowed and the post cards were $25. Can you imagine. Never the less I am glad I was able to view the pieces. Also... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have attended business meetings, church services, productions, memorials and the annual model train show at this museum and all have been well organized and enjoyable for adults and kids. Great exhibitions of Washington's growth.

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sanibel, fl
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For people, like us, who are good for less than two hours in any museum, this was perfect. Interactive screens in the natural history section, a lot of great displays on the fishing, agricultural and manufacturing history of the state, including the organized labor movement. And next door is Union Station, which is also worth a visit.

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Kent, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did not budget enough time. We had two hours but needed another hour. I liked the interactive pieces they have and would encourage them to add more of those. Lots of primary source material.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a chaperoned school visit with the class. As this would be my 3rd visit, I can never get enough of this place. There is ALWAYS something new that I am learning about the state that I live in. Although most of the exhibits are permanent, there are some moving exhibits such as the artwork that are personal that... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

I first went to the old museum near Stadium when I was about five years old in the fifties and remember I was impressed with the two Oxen, Dave and Dandy, who were owned by Ezra Meeker, who traveled the Oregon Trail with them. Imagine my surprise when I visited the new location at the old train station a couple... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Rotating exhibits are great, but be sure to spend time with the Northwest history section. Don't miss the huge train set. Track down the special events.Free passes are available at local libraries.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

There were 2 floors open to the public. There were 300 school kids there the day we were there, but we were still able to get up to the exhibits. Good gift shop. Interesting exhibits and learned several new things about Washington state, even though we grew up there!

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Kirkland, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

My husband and I were on a "date day" while our children were at school. We typically try and visit "questionable" museums without the children before we take them. To our surprise, this place was GREAT. It wasn't the typical boring history museum where its tons of reading and one small picture. Almost the entire museum was interactive and felt... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

My first visit to the Washington State History Museum in over 40 years was a bit of a disappointment. While the museum has moved to a beautiful new facility, I had higher expectations for the exhibits and overall experience. Although there were a number of displays that covered major events in the state's history, I was disappointed in the way... More 

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