With permission from the Office of the Governor, the Washington State History Museum reopened on April 2, 2021.
All visitors ages 5 and above are required to wear masks while in the museum.
The museum is operating at 100% capacity.
WSHS members get free admission and can download digital membership cards to their smartphones. Contact Kendall.Hurley@wshs.wa.gov for membership information.
The Research Center will remain closed to the public until further notice.
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 programs! See the Events page.
- 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 email@example.com to get on the Common Concerns email list.