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Address: 540 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Phone Number: +1 360-385-1003
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Jefferson Museum of Art & History is the showcase for regional history...

Jefferson Museum of Art & History is the showcase for regional history and art with award winning exhibits. Maritime, Native American, Early Settlers, and noted artists are featured in multiple galleries. The museum is housed in Port Townsend's landmark 1892 City Hall which includes the original jail cells where Jack London spent a night.

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Great exhibit of the beginning of Port Townsend. In the original city hall building. Beautiful structure and architecture. Great introductory video. Worth visiting

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 October 2016
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Vancouver, WA
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Vancouver, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Great exhibit of the beginning of Port Townsend. In the original city hall building. Beautiful structure and architecture. Great introductory video. Worth visiting

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately we left this one until late in the afternoon. We could have spent a good half day there. There was an amazing antique quilt display there which we really enjoyed. The building is great. The staff is friendly. The displays are great! The jail is just like they say it is -- creepy! Admission price was extremely reasonable.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

The building is a fabulous example of great 1880s architecture. The museum requires a small entrance fee and is enjoyable to visit at one's own pace--no docent or tour. The old jail is down the stairs and has interesting information about how men and women were incarcerated. Much good historical information to take in. There's a nice little gift shop... More 

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New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

An incredible overview of the history of Port Townsend. Make sure to watch the introductory video. Highly recommended,

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Port Hadlock, Washington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Live history tour! The best part is the museum admission is included in the price of the walking tour.$10 for adults $5 for children *maybe I can't find my receipt. Our guide was very knowledgeable about local history. She is able to customize the tour to the guests that attend (all while wearing a beautiful Victorian dress hat and gloves... More 

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Roseburg, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

As others have said in their reviews, this museum has a lot of local history. The first stop is a video, with some interesting information regarding the area and the people. This is one of three small museums run by the local historical society. A lot of information regarding the local industries and resources that made Port Townsend famous and... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

spend the 10 minutes to see the movie- this town is intact as it was 100 years ago and interesting to see early movies of when it had 12000 people -

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

Interesting History of the house and town area in the museum. Old Buildings in town, good shops and cafe's, Ferry point to Whidbey Island

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

I spent a glorious two hours or more, just exploring this old firehouse/courtroom turned into a Museum. The choices as you walked into the Courtroom, now housing major exhibits of native American art, gave me cause for a pause. I chose the jailhouse exhibit and I was very surprised at what was on display.

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Port Townsend, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

Cool little museum. Nicely interpreted. Good photos although the video was not operational. The Port Townsend area has some very interesting history.

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