Washington State History Museum and Research Center are closed through December 14, 2020 per directives from the Office of the Governor related to COVID-19. Close
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    NOTICE

    Museum closed through Dec. 14, 2020

    Virtual programs continue. Join us remotely!
    Our COVID Response
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    Event

    Bootleggers Ball II

    Virtual event
    Join us Dec. 3, 7-10 PM
  • Votes for Women 3
    Exhibition

    Votes for Women

    100 Years and Counting
    Find out more!
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    History at Home

    Curriculum, coloring pages & more!

    Connect with history from home.
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The Washington State Historical Society partners with our communities to explore how history connects us all.

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1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402

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  • "Excellent regional museum. We go most years around the holidays to see the model railroad exhibits. Always something new to see and learn."
    - Rich Traulsen
  • "I will never forget this wonderful adventure through the history of Washington, and I hope I have an opportunity to visit the museum again."
    - Josh, 7th grader
  • "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."
    - Kevin Carlton
  • "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."
    - Prashant KC
  • "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."
    - Jim's Opinion (Google Reviews)