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Washington State History Museum

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Address: 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3109
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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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A walk back in time

The history museum offers visitors a well-rounded education in the story of Washington, from the days of Native American culture predominating, to the days of the pioneers, as... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Tacoma, Washington
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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The history museum offers visitors a well-rounded education in the story of Washington, from the days of Native American culture predominating, to the days of the pioneers, as well as exhibits on the role of Boeing, the salmon fisheries and canneries, coal-mining and hydroelectric power for the region. And there is often a musical group performing on a floor above.... More 

Thank sherlock63
Tacoma, Washington
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went to the museum for their annual Model Railroad event. As usual, there were miles of smiles on the faces of the children of all ages who were visiting this excellent, annual holiday event. We went between Christmas and New Years Day in hopes that the crowds would be smaller...we chose well. We were able to... More 

Thank Walt H
Olympia, Washington
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481 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our 9 and 12 year old grandsons to see the model train displays. We all loved it. The boys enjoyed the other museum exhibits as well. There were some hands-on things for them, but a lot of the exhibits involved reading and/or watching videos. Unfortunately it was hard for them to take the time to do so. We... More 

Thank AreWeHavingFunYet
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Plenty of pay parking. The interior of the building is architecturally stunning! Tons of exhibits regarding Washington history. Handicap accessible, clean bathrooms! Small gift shop available. Staff are very friendly. This was an eye opener for us! Plan a few hours to visit.

Thank javablack
Parkland, Washington
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We've been to this museum twice now, and both times the displays have been first class and informative. They rotate what is displayed from time to time so there is always new things to see and learn.

Thank rldegroote
Lakewood, Washington
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We brought 8 small children here on a weekday and it was incredible!! You really need a few hours to soak it all in. Many exhibits to enjoy. It really provides you with a great taste of the area's history, including some natural history. Some stuff for children to do hands on. You really should visit even if you already... More 

Thank M C
Federal Way, WA
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

The wife and I were there this past spring for our first visit there. They really have done a nice job with new building and all of the exhibits. Take your time and enjoy !!

Thank Captain Mark D F
Worcester, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

More interesting than I would have imagined. Many exhibits are interactive and feature events and history that I was unaware of. Train exhibit is amazing. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Well worth it if you are in Tacoma WA.

Thank au1943123
Centralia, Washington
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Be sure to allow 2 to 3 hours to spend here. That means if you park in the adjacent parking lot, buy 4 hours of parking. Yes, $7.00 is a lot for parking, but it is worth it so you don't have to wander the city trying to find no-fee parking. You may need to take a break for some... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

"I'm so sorry about your history," I had to say as we left this museum. So much of the exhibition was about the abuse of Indians. There was a patronizing section about the local economy and a very informative room with geological exhibits I enjoyed but, as a whole, I found the place depressing. I was very anxious to see... More 

Thank VN F

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