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Jefferson Museum of Art & History

540 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368-5725
+1 360-385-1003
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Good history tour - don't skip the 7 minute video at the beginning

My wife wanted to skip the video but it was well worth starting with a short video that takes about... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
Vancouver, Washington
A Taste of Old Port Townsend

The Jefferson Museum of Art & History is located in downtown Port Townsend. It's in the old court... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2017
Patricia H
Sun Lakes, Arizona
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Jefferson Museum of Art & History is located in Port Townsend's historic City Hall building. The Museum features award-winning exhibits that display our unique cultural history of Maritime, Native American, and Early Settler life throughout its multiple galleries. The historic courtroom is now a rotating art gallery, displaying the works of noted artists. Once Port Townsend's Fire Hall, Courtroom, Jail and Police Station in the late 1800s, the building itself has many stories to tell! During the summer, the Museum offers historic walking tours of our beautiful Victorian seaside city. The Jefferson County Historical Society also operates the historic Rothschild House as well as the Commanding Officers Quarters at Fort Worden which are open to the public from May through September.
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540 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368-5725
+1 360-385-1003
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

My wife wanted to skip the video but it was well worth starting with a short video that takes about 7 minutes. It is a short tour of this museum. My wife enjoyed locking me up in the jail (the real ball and chain photo...More

Thank dnelson_1971
Reviewed 19 July 2017

The Jefferson Museum of Art & History is located in downtown Port Townsend. It's in the old court house and has a short historical video, small art room, former jail and fire house exhibits. It's a self-guided tour that's worth your time. If you're a...More

Thank Patricia H
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We have lived in Port Townsend for a long time, but never went to our local museum until now. They are hosting an art retrospective that interested us, so we were pleasantly surprised to find more to see than just the art. Found out quite...More

Thank laurenlovesfrance1
Reviewed 25 December 2016

Definitely worth an hour of your time to explore this little gem of a museum. Probably the best display of life on the Peninsula from the early days. Lots of photos, the original jail (pretty scary), and a great amount of detail about little known...More

3  Thank abearfellow
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

Thank Golfinfools
Reviewed 5 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...More

Thank Jay B
Reviewed 9 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...More

1  Thank DoloresJacoby
Reviewed 1 September 2016

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

Thank HausSitter
Reviewed 13 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...More

Thank Beccab4
Reviewed 19 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...More

Thank craig t
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