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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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Exhibits

Opening October 17, explore Captain Cook's final voyage in search of the Northwest Passage.
Feb
18
2:00pm

Free Third Thursday

Feb
20
1:00pm

Aleut Basket Weaving

Feb
23
12:00pm

A Francis Drake Mystery

Feb
27
10:00am

Women in Museums

Mar
01
10:00am

History Hysteria

Mar
10
3:00pm

Washington Story Time

Mar
17
6:30pm

Scholarly Selections

Mar
17
2:00pm

Free Third Thursday

Mar
29
12:00pm

Lord Mansion Landscaping

Apr
06
11:00am

Family Camp: Pioneers!

Apr
14
3:00pm

Washington Story Time

Apr
16
1:00pm

Exhibit Opening

Apr
21
6:30pm

Scholarly Selections

Apr
21
2:00pm

Free Third Thursday

Apr
26
12:00pm

Remembering Camp Harmony

May
12
3:00pm

Washington Story Time

May
19
6:30pm

Scholarly Selections

May
19
2:00pm

Love and Solidarity

May
19
2:00pm

Free Third Thursday

May
31
12:00pm

Rediscovered

Jun
04
3:00pm

Eyes of the Totem

Jun
16
2:00pm

Free Third Thursday

Jun
28
12:00pm

Beyond the Cutting Edge

Jul
21
2:00pm

Free Third Thursday

Aug
18
2:00pm

Free Third Thursday

Sep
15
2:00pm

Free Third Thursday

Oct
20
2:00pm

Free Third Thursday

Nov
17
2:00pm

Free Third Thursday

Dec
15
2:00pm

Free Third Thursday

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.

 

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, Tuesday-Sunday.

Tacoma Public Schools School Closure Information

SCHOOL FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

GROUP TOUR REQUESTS

 

 

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
$2/family
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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