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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

Events & Programs

The clothing of tranformation -- beautiful garments from different generations.
Are you the next keeper? Find out as you explore the fabulous-miraculous world of Ernest. Open until April of 2015.
What's it like to live in the shadows of five active volcanoes? Find out! Opens January 31.
Mar
26
5:00 PM

Thursday Nights

Mar
28
1:00 PM

Exhibit Program

Mar
28
1:00 PM

Loving Hands at Home

Mar
31
12:00 PM

History Speaks

Apr
01
10:30 AM

Ring of Fire

Apr
02
5:00 PM

Thursday Nights

Apr
03
3:00 PM

Gallery Talk

Apr
09
5:00 PM

Thursday Nights

Apr
16
5:00 PM

Thursday Nights

Apr
16
2:00 PM

Free Third Thursday

Apr
16
6:30 PM

Scholarly Selections

Apr
23
5:00 PM

Thursday Nights

Apr
28
12:00 PM

History Speaks

Apr
30
3:30 PM

Planning Your Will

Apr
30
5:00 PM

Thursday Nights

May
01
3:00 PM

Gallery Talk

May
07
5:00 PM

Thursday Nights

May
14
5:00 PM

Thursday Nights

May
15
6:30 PM

Scholarly Selections

May
16
11:00 AM

Year of the Volcano

May
21
2:00 PM

Free Third Thursday

May
21
5:00 PM

Thursday Nights

May
26
12:00 PM

History Speaks

May
28
5:00 PM

Thursday Nights

Jun
04
5:00 PM

Thursday Nights

Jun
05
3:00 PM

Gallery Talk

Jun
11
5:00 PM

Thursday Nights

Jun
18
5:00 PM

Thursday Nights

Jun
19
2:00 PM

Free Third Thursday

Jun
20
11:30 AM

Annual Meeting

Jun
20
10:00 AM

Exhibit Opening

Jun
25
5:00 PM

Thursday Nights

Jun
28
12:00 PM

Tacoma History Hike

Jun
30
12:00 PM

History Speaks

Jul
17
2:00 PM

Free Third Thursday

Aug
21
2:00 PM

Free Third Thursday

Sep
18
2:00 PM

Free Third Thursday

Oct
16
2:00 PM

Free Third Thursday

Museum Hours

 

Monday      Closed
Tuesday      10am-5pm
Wednesday      10am-5pm                        
Thursdays
March through June 2015
     10am-8pm*
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
November 1
Historical Society Members FREE
Adults (Age 18 and over) $11
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