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Washington State History Museum

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Address: 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3109
Phone Number: 888-238-4373; 253-272-9747

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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Nice, quite, informative, learned something new. You need to like museum's. My wife and I enjoyed looking at the exhibits, as well as the information about local Indian tribes... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
La Habra, California
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La Habra, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice, quite, informative, learned something new. You need to like museum's. My wife and I enjoyed looking at the exhibits, as well as the information about local Indian tribes. Amazing.

Thank pkkissell
Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our Grandson to this museum, for his first time. He really enjoyed his time there, as did we. We remember when the museum was down in the Stadium District, so it is alot bigger. We will be visiting again.

Thank teenytinyterri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Finally took the time to visit this popular museum. There is lots too see and you can touch stuff😀 Wear your comfortablw walking shoes because you'll want to see it all. There are displays about Native American tribes contributions to the world---science, arts, agriculture, economy & infrastructure. There's a display for a catastrophic car trip, one for local independent music,... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

I took my American grandson to this museum and we both (a) thoroughly enjoyed it and (b) both learnt a lot. It is very well laid out and very child friendly with lots of interactive features. It covers may aspects of the history of Washington State and doesn't forget to acknowledge the part played by the aboriginal peoples. It also... More 

Thank SandraL68
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

Every time I travel, I love to pop in to the State history museums. This one was a great way to spend a couple hours. The Quilt exhibit was on display and although I'm not a quilter, I was quite impressed with this artful exhibit!!!

Thank Angella A
Andrews, SC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

Told a lot about the railroad, what white Americans went through. Some about Indians, immigrants and African american people. The parking we paid $5 for for 2-4 hours. There is parking at the museum. Very large but not very much in it. Had some nice art displays. It was okay.

Thank CrystalAndrews_SC
Chanhassen, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Frankly, I wasn't expecting "wonderful" from the Washington State History Museum. I was expecting good - something where I could spend an hour, see some nice exhibits, and move on. What I got was an OMG, where has this been my whole life, why haven't I been here before, this is the best museum I've ever been to, amazing, interesting,... More 

Thank Sid R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

My family and I came to this museum because the exhibit they have. We have enjoyed their American Indians collection and history. The of the exhibit is the very large train sets, including the whole city of Tacoma. It's beautiful. It took them 5 to 6 years to created it beauty. Plus so much to see of things of pass.... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

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 

Thank Kr K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

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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