History Museum

As of 5:00 PM March 12, 2020, Washington State History Museum is temporarily closed to the public in response to the COVID-19 virus. Staff are available and you may reach out via email or phone. We look forward to engaging with our communities again soon. Please check back for updates. 


Open 10 AM - 5 PM, Tuesday - Sunday, and 10 AM - 8 PM every Third Thursday.

The Washington State History Museum is where fascination and FUN come together! People of all ages can explore and be entertained in an environment where characters from Washington's past speak about their lives. Through interactive exhibits and dramatic artifacts, learn about our state's unique people and places, as well as their impact on the country and the world.

Please note:

From March through mid-June, the museum happily serves many groups of students who visit for field trips. Students are often in the building during the hours of 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, Tuesday through Friday. If you would like to avoid these groups, please plan your trip accordingly. 

Regular Hours

Monday      Closed
Tuesday      10 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday      10 AM - 5 PM                       
Thursday      10 AM - 5 PM
Third Thursday*         10 AM - 8 PM, free admission 3 PM - 8 PM  
Friday      10 AM - 5 PM
Saturday      10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday      10 AM - 5 PM


*On the Third Thursday of each month, the History Museum is open late with FREE ADMISSION from 3 - 8 PM. Free Third Thursdays are generously sponsored by Columbia Bank.



  New Year's Day 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday 
Presidents' Day
Easter Sunday

Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day

Admission Rates

General Admission 
Historical Society Members FREE
Adults (age 18 and over) $14
Seniors (age 65 and over) $11
Students (age 6-17) $11
Active Duty & Retired Military (ID required) $11
Children (age 5 and under) FREE
Family (up to 2 adults and 4 children under age 18)                   $40
Washington Foster Parent discount (foster parent license and ID required) $1/person
Washington Quest Card discount (EBT card and ID required) $1/person
Groups including 10 or more paid admissions (age 6 and above) are    
eligible for discounted admission. 


 **Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Active Duty service members and up to five members of their family receive free admission through the Blue Star Museums program (details below).

Current Discount Admission Promotions:

Washington Quest Card Rate

Show your Washington Quest EBT Card at admissions and get into the History Museum for $1 per person or $2 per family. The card may not be used to purchase the admission.

Blue Star Museums

  • WSHS is honored to participate in the Blue Star Museums program, offering free admission to active military and up to five family members between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 
  • A complete list of participating museums and details can be found here.

Save 25% with a Travel Tacoma Mt. Rainier Tourism & Sports Attraction Pass! And enjoy other great area attractions, too. 

  • Three day pass
  • Seven day pass

15% Off Admission for AAA Members

  • Up to two discounted regular price adult admissions per membership, per visit
  • Not valid during Model Train Festival
  • Not valid on the Tacoma Museum Pass
  • Members who purchase online must present AAA card at Admissions

North American Reciprocal Association (NARM): The Washington State History Museum does not participate in the NARM reciprocal admission program.

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Research Center


The Washington State History Research Center provides public access to historical archives, special collections, digital collections and research library, while also serving as the principal repository for the Society's artifact collections, special collections, and digital collections.

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