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Washington State History Museum

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EXHIBITS  |  EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

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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Please note that we are closed on Friday, July 4 for Independence Day.

Exhibits

Events & Programs

See the WWI posters that inspired the nation to sacrifice for and support our troops and the war effort. Opens August 16.
Are you the next keeper? Find out as you explore the fabulous-miraculous world of Ernest. Open until April of 2015.
Beautiful contemporary Native American works of art on display in our annual juried exhibition. Festival on August 9.
The clothing of tranformation -- beautiful garments from different generations. Opens September 27.
Oct
01
12:00 PM

History Speaks

Oct
02
5:30 PM

Educator Night

Oct
03
3:00 PM

Gallery Talk

Oct
16
2:00 PM

Free Third Thursday

Oct
16
6:30 PM

Scholarly Selections

Oct
18
3:00 PM

Self-Sufficiency

Oct
18
11:00 AM

Curator Talk and Tour

Oct
18
1:00 PM

American Pandemic

Oct
25
1:00 PM

Beauty and Duty

Nov
07
3:00 PM

Gallery Talk

Nov
11
2:00 PM

Washington 125

Nov
11
10:00 AM

Veteran's Day

Nov
12
12:00 PM

Pacific Northwest Cheese

Nov
15
12:00 PM

Collector Presentation

Nov
15
2:00 PM

Special Presentation

Nov
20
2:00 PM

Free Third Thursday

Nov
20
4:30 PM

Film Screening

Nov
20
6:30 PM

Scholarly Selections

Dec
05
3:00 PM

Gallery Talk

Dec
10
12:00 PM

The Pythian Temple

Dec
18
6:30 PM

Scholarly Selections

Dec
18
2:00 PM

Free Third Thursday

Dec
21
10:00 AM

Model Train Festival

Dec
22
10:00 AM

Model Train Festival

Dec
23
10:00 AM

Model Train Festival

Dec
26
10:00 AM

Model Train Festival

Dec
27
10:00 AM

Model Train Festival

Dec
28
10:00 AM

Model Train Festival

Dec
29
10:00 AM

Model Train Festival

Dec
30
10:00 AM

Model Train Festival

Dec
31
10:00 AM

Model Train Festival

Jan
01
10:00 AM

Model Train Festival

Jan
15
2:00 PM

Free Third Thursday

Feb
19
2:00 PM

Free Third Thursday

Mar
19
2:00 PM

Free Third Thursday

Apr
16
2:00 PM

Free Third Thursday

May
21
2:00 PM

Free Third Thursday

Museum Hours

 

Monday      Closed
Tuesday      Closed**
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.

**Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the History Museum is also open 10am-5pm on Tuesdays.

 

Holidays

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

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, Wednesday-Sunday.

Tacoma Public Schools School Closure Information

SCHOOL FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

GROUP TOUR REQUESTS

Would you like to visit the History Museum, Museum of Glass, and the Tacoma Art Museum? Purchase a Tacoma Museum pass for $25.

Washington State History Museum Conduct Policy

 

 

 

Membership Museum Rates

General Admission
  As of
November 1
Historical Society Members FREE FREE
Adults (Age 18 and over) $9.50          $11
Seniors (Age 60 and over) $7 $8
Students (Ages 6-17 years) $7 $8
Active Duty & Retired Military (ID required) $7** $8
Children (Ages 5 and under) FREE FREE
     
Group (at least 15 people)
Must be booked at least two weeks in advance
   
Adults (Age 18 and over) $8.75 Same
Seniors (Age 60 and over) $6 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:

 

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