Washington State History Museum will re-open on April 2, 2021. Hours will be Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Every Third Thursday the museum will be open 10:00 AM-8:00 PM with free admission 3:00-8:00 PM. Close
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Great Hall of Washington History

A Window to the Past
  • Dates:
    Permanent Exhibition
  • Ages:
    All ages.
  • Where:
    Third floor
  • Tickets:

    Purchase admission tickets online or at the museum.

  • Accessibility:

    Mobility accessible, wheelchairs available at admissions, elevator access in building.

Our largest exhibit at the Washington State History Museum is a walk through time. This space showcases some of the state’s earliest history with Clovis Points, and a variety of artifacts from Native American civilizations and cultures.

Explore the progression through statehood including industrialization, the war and post-war eras, women’s suffrage, and more. Learn how the geology of our region has influenced our local development.

Washington: My Home is the newest exhibition in the Great Hall – offering personal narratives about immigration and migration to our state; engaging hands-on displays and numerous unique artifacts pull visitors into the experiences of diverse people who have made Washington their home.

Experience the development of Washington State through large dioramas, interactive displays, and video in the Petroglyph Theater. Explore more on the museum’s 5th floor where you can see Ezra Meeker’s actual oxen, Dave and Dandy, who greet thousands of school children every year as they investigate in the History Lab.

Allow at least two hours to fully absorb the material in the Great Hall of Washington History, but don’t forget to include time to visit the Featured Exhibits on display.

The Great Hall of Washington History is generously supported by Humanities Washington and The Norcliffe Foundation.

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