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    Contemporary Native Arts Exhibition
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    Art of the Aloha Shirt

    Keoni of Hawaii, 1938–1951
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    Pacific Northwest History Conference

    DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE: Creativity and Curiosity in Northwest History
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    Blue Star Museums

    FREE ADMISSION for military personnel and their families

Explore Washington History Today

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

The Washington State Historical Society is headquartered in Tacoma on the traditional lands of the Puyallup People who have stewarded this land throughout the generations. We pay respect to their elders past and present.

Museum Location
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402

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Washington State History Museum

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Research Center and Statewide Resources

More than a museum - WSHS supports research and heritage orgs across Washington

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.

About WSHS
  • This museum was very informative and also interactive. The exhibit on immigration and the concentration camps for Americans of Japanese ancestry were very enlightening. There were sanitizers in a lot of areas. It took us 2 hours to go around the permanent and temporary exhibits.
    - Andrew E. (Google Review)
  • A nice museum to learn about the history of Washington state. I particularly liked the Natural History section that described the geological history of this place. It was interesting to learn about facts like the dry falls etc. They also have a working rail network model on display that’s fun to watch.
    - Meenakshi B (Google Review)
  • "Exhibits are put together very well. The section outlining the geological history of the area is accessible to all ages and interest levels. The train display upstairs has the most intricate detail and features. The exhibit on the Japanese in the US during WWII was very informative, as I had only ever heard limited pieces of the story beforehand. All the other exhibits have their own merits as well, too many to list here."
    - Leslie J (Google Review)
  • "I highly recommend going to Washington State History Museum to fill your mind with knowledge from the past to the present! Thankful to have a priceless treasure in Tacoma, Washington!"
    - Zhalena M (Facebook Review)
  • "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)
  • "Very well-rounded exhibits, and very inclusive as far as categories. The kids enjoyed it as well...."
    - Julia (Google Reviews)
  • "Always a great experience no matter what exhibit is showing. Their staff are always coordinated and friendly as well."
    - Alexander (Google Review)