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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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AN HISTORICAL EXPERIENCE

If one is interested in history and the Pacific NW in particular Washington State this is the place to go even for residents of the State. Displays are very well done explaining... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
rsfarrelly
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Tacoma, WA
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Tacoma, WA
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If one is interested in history and the Pacific NW in particular Washington State this is the place to go even for residents of the State. Displays are very well done explaining everything from the Geology of the State, the logging industry and the impact of the gold rush in Alaska. An outstanding experience for visitors to the State and... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Extensive well designed exhibit that begins with Lewis and Clark. Good recordings capturing key components of the history. My reservations are that there are virtually no actual artifacts in the entire exhibit and it feels a bit 'plastic'. Would love to have seen something mentioning the missionaries who were very important in the historical account. Would still recommend visiting the... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We visited the museum to see the Captain Cook exhibit. Well done and very informative. The exhibits on Washington State history are very well done.

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Tacoma, Washington
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

I visited the Washington State History Museum to see the 20th Annual Train Festival. This event draws model trains in every scale and has them displayed on practically every floor. If you're a train fan or just slightly interested, this is a "Don't Miss It" for you. This event is especially good for children of all ages. You get to... More 

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Seattle
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Antiques are displayed as if they are in use. There are streets, mills, ships and other historical items.

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Centerton, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

Museums was fantastic as a newer Washington resident it was a great experience to see the history of the state and have fun as well

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Tampa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This museum is very well organized and full of great information about the early days of discovering and developing the state of Washington's history. Great for kids and adults.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The museum is well aid out and has a great display of exhibits. There is a good combination of videos and displays. There is a lot to see and absorb.

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Glennallen
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

The antiques where displayed in ways that made learning the history appropriate. Would recommend to see.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Telling the story of Washington's history includes highlighting the characters and events that have affected the growth of our area. From the tale of women's suffrage to the mystery of D.B. Cooper, the Washington State History Museum provides in-depth exhibitions full of artifacts, ephemera, stories, and images that enrich your visitor experience. A great tour with numerous year round programs... More 

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