History Museum Hours and Admission

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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 based on the Historical Society's collections, traveling exhibitions, 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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Museum Hours


Monday      Closed
Tuesday     10 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday     10 AM - 5 PM                        
Thursday      10 AM - 5 PM
Third Thursday*      10 AM - 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 until 8 PM with FREE ADMISSION from 3 - 8 PM.


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

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


Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, the Washington State Historical Society will follow the closure status of the Tacoma Public Schools. If TPS schools are closed, the History Museum will be closed. If the TPS 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 $55.50 ($44.25 for students/seniors/military). 

Good for one visit to each of these museums:  

Washington State History Museum 
Tacoma Art Museum
LeMay - America's Car Museum
 Museum of Glass
Foss Waterway Seaport Museum
Children's Museum of Tacoma

Valid for one full year from date of first use! 


Washington State History Museum Conduct Policy




Membership Museum Rates

General Admission
Sept. 26, 2017            
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)

Washington Quest Card Discount (Card required) $1/person
Group rates- 10 admissions or more, ages 6 and over.          

 **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 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.