History Museum

Washington State History Museum

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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, theatrical storytelling, high-tech displays and dramatic artifacts, learn about our state's unique people and places, as well as their impact on the country and the world.

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Events & Programs


Free Third Thursday


Model Train Festival

Museum Hours


Monday      Closed
Tuesday      10am-5pm
Wednesday      10am-5pm                        
Thursday      10am-5pm
Friday      10am-5pm
Saturday      10am-5pm
Sunday      10am-5pm

*On the Third Thursday of each month, the History Museum is open until 8pm with FREE ADMISSION from 2-8pm.



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

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



Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, the Washington State Historical Society will follow the closure status of the Tacoma Public School District. If TPSD schools are closed, the History Museum will be closed. If the TPSD schools choose a delayed start, the History Museum will operate under normal hours from 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday.

Tacoma Public Schools School Closure Information





Planning to visit more than one museum in downtown Tacoma? 
Purchase a Tacoma Museum pass for $45. 

Good for one visit to the
Washington State History Museum,
Tacoma Art Museum,
LeMay - America's Car Museum,
AND Museum of Glass. 
Seven days to see all four! 



Washington State History Museum Conduct Policy




Membership Museum Rates

General Admission
As of
December 2015
Historical Society Members FREE
Adults (Age 18 and over) $12
Seniors (Age 60 and over) $8
Students (Ages 6-17 years) $8
Active Duty & Retired Military (ID required) $8
Children (Ages 5 and under) FREE
Washington Quest Card Discount (Card required) $1/person
Group (at least 15 people)
Must be booked at least two weeks in advance
Adults (Age 18 and over) Same
Seniors (Age 60 and over) Same

 **Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Active Duty service members and up to five members of their family receive free admission.



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.


15% Off Admission for AAA Members

    • Up to four 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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