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Purchase TicketsBook a Field TripBecome a memberTelling the story of Washington's history includes highlighting the characters and events that have affected the growth of our area. From the tale of women's suffrage to the mystery of D.B. Cooper, the Washington State History Museum provides in-depth exhibitions full of artifacts, ephemera, stories, and images that enrich your visitor experience.

Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
May 27 - September 10

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Gridiron Glory is the most extensive and comprehensive exhibit ever done on America’s most popular sport. The experience showcases the Pro Football Hall of Fame's vast holdings of football artifacts, rare photos and one-of-a-kind documents. In addition, NFL Films has provided spectacular footage from its unparalleled film archives to illustrate the exhibit’s many themes and storylines. Throughout the exhibit, visitors will find a series of interactive exhibits that challenge both mind and body.
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Filled with Grace - Japanese Americans in the South Sound
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Filled with Grace focuses on the lives of the Japanese American community prior to World War II. The Japanese community first set down roots in Washington State during the 1890s. Early immigrants took low paying jobs in railroads, sawmills, salmon canneries, farms and as domestic laborers. Within a few decades, however, these Washingtonians had become a vital part of our state with contributions to both culture and commerce. 
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Permanent Exhibits

Washington History

Our largest exhibit at the Washington State History Museum is a walk through time. This year-round space showcases some of our earliest history with the Clovis Points and a variety of artifacts from Native American civilization and culture, and explains the progression through statehood including industrialization, the war and post-war eras, women's suffrage, and more. Allow at least two hours to fully absorb the material in the Great Hall of Washington History.
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History Lab

The History Lab Learning Center engages visitors with interactive exhibits featuring historical concepts such as Time, Place, Viewpoint, Exploration, and Precedent. In the learning center, visitors of all ages are encouraged to use the Tools of the History Trade (artifacts, ephemera, books and periodicals, people, maps, and images) to think like detectives in search of evidence. The History Lab exhibit is on the fifth floor of the History Museum.

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Model Railroad

Don your conductor's cap and climb aboard the History Museum's own model  railroad. Watch history being made as the Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers club continues construction on the 1,800-square-foot permanent layout depicting the rail lines from Tacoma's Point Defiance Park to the Stampede Pass tunnel in the Cascades. Join us when we celebrate model trains with our annual Model Train Festival.

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