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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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Washington Museum

This is a very well presented museum on the history of Washington. It includes the early days of the state's formation, the people and the travel thru time to present day. A lot... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ruth M
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very well presented museum on the history of Washington. It includes the early days of the state's formation, the people and the travel thru time to present day. A lot about the Japanese immigration and the internment camps of WW II. Very sad to think that people could be treated so cruelly. There are several interactive displays... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A lot has been done to present things in a fun and interesting way. It was around the last day of the school year and several bunches of kids were going thru...all were fascinated with the exhibits and weren't running wild. The model train layout on the upper floor is amazing! Be sure to press the button and make the... More 

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Thank BigPlanDan
New Mexico
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Overall, this is a good history museum which walks you through the geologic, prehistoric, and modern histories of the state. I prefer museums with more bulk artifact and text presented, but this struck a good balance and is likely a place the kiddos will enjoy as well.

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Hollister, California
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177 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The show presents a history of Japanese immigration to Washington, the laws restricting Asian immigration and rights and the incarceration of Japanese Americans in WWII. The quote from Gordon Hirabayashi on the constant vigilance required to preserve the Constitution seems very timely, as do the oral history quotes, stories and photos of those incarcerated who lost homes, businesses and family... More 

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Thank Renee002
Tacoma, Washington
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231 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

I have been to the Museum a number of times and each time I feel as though I am learning more about the state of Washington and its history. The new exhibits focus on different issues and cultures that make up the history of the the state. It is a welcoming place with a great gift shop that acts as... More 

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Thank WillisBayTrading
Varese, Italy
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

This is a small museum, visiting quietly in a couple of hours, on the local story that provides insight into the state of Washington charmingly territory. Good explanations are impossible prices, as usual, the museum store. Wifi free

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Thank TripTogether69
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187 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

i don't usually use all caps and exclamation points in my reviews but this one deserves it. we had an hour to kill in Tacoma before we headed back home to Seattle to kick out our house sitter. Well, after three hours, we realized that we needed to actually move along. We're long time residents of Washington state (ok, forever... More 

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Thank abearfellow
Dupont, Washington
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170 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

We had an excellent visit to this small to medium size museum. Perfect for a rainy day. With children you can do the museum in about 2 to 3 hours. Parking next to the building in a pay lot. Model train exhibit for kids

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44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I took advantage of free the third Thursday program at the Tacoma museums and so glad we did! Just a heads up, most museums only offer the free portion during the 5p -8p time frame, but this one starts at 2p and runs too 8p. Wish we world have known that, as there's lots to see and... More 

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Thank Aloha3263
Tacoma, Washington
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

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 

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