Washington State History Museum and Research Center are closed until further notice per directives from the Office of the Governor related to COVID-19. Close

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington State Historical Society closed the History Museum and Research Center in mid-March 2020. With permission from the Office of the Governor, museums were allowed to re-open under specific guidelines on September 29, 2020. Subsequently infection rates rose again leading to closures on November 17, 2020, per the Governor’s Office. The Research Center and History Museum will remain closed in response to the pandemic until further notice. Additionally, facility rentals for private events will remain paused. When we reopen, we will do so following guidelines as laid out by the Office of the Governor.

Staff are available by phone and email (please see our contact list).

Stay connected with virtual programs, the WA State History Museum App, downloadable curriculum, and more.

  • Download resources for preschool and K-12 students who are learning at home on our History at Home page, and find additional curriculum here.
  • Explore artifacts, exhibits and learning activities through the WA State History Museum’s free app.
  • Look through the Historical Society’s collections in an online database: In the search field, type in your object or subject of interest (baskets or logging, for example) and see what comes up!
  • Join in our live virtual Washington Stay Home Society programs! They’re free and our speakers often include a follow-along make-at-home project.
  • Dive into a digital library of articles about the rich history of the Pacific Northwest in the archives of our award-winning popular history magazine, COLUMBIA.
  • Tune into Columbia Conversations to hear interviews with historians from around Washington and the Old Oregon Territory.
  • Contribute your COVID-19 story to our collections. Help document this historic event with digital images, ephemera or objects. Click here for more information, and thank you!
  • Heritage and cultural organizations: We have a list of resources for you, and join us for Common Concerns live online conversations. Email allison.campbell@wshs.wa.gov to get on the Common Concerns email list.

Our Thanks

We are grateful to our program partners, teachers and constituents and we look forward to continuing to engage our communities both online and in the museum.

Our heartfelt thanks to all of the healthcare professionals and essential services workers in Washington and beyond who are working toward containment and continuing to provide necessary services and resources. Our thoughts and caring extend to all those who are suffering as a result of this outbreak.

What You Can Do

We can all help by following the CDC’s steps to prevent illness. For more information about containment practices and updates, please see: