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Great Hall of Washington History
Our largest exhibit is a walk through time, showcasing some of the state’s earliest history and a variety of artifacts from Native American civilizations and cultures.
We are preparing a new exhibition about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII as a result of Executive Order 9066.
Washington State History Museum
Find out more about the History Museum
Take a look at our upcoming exhibitions and events.
More than a museum - WSHS is a statewide resource
Learn more about the Washington State Historical Society, our mission and vision, the Research Center, Heritage Capital Project program, heritage outreach, opportunities for philanthropy, and more.
"Excellent regional museum. We go most years around the holidays to see the model railroad exhibits. Always something new to see and learn."
"I will never forget this wonderful adventure through the history of Washington, and I hope I have an opportunity to visit the museum again."
"Outstanding museum! Awesome displays and lots of interactive displays. Great family destination, good value for the entertainment dollars and you might learn a thing or two."
"This is an awesome Museum. It takes you through the history of Washington State. The geological, historical, cultural, art, science and technological journey across different time frames. The museum is located in the downtown Tacoma easily accessible via public transit. If you are driving, the parking is spacious...The museum is really worth visiting."
"This is a beautiful museum that is located in an area with stunning views of the bay and Mt Rainer. Lots of great local restaurants in walking distance makes for an easy day out."