Catalog ID #1943.42.12790

Washington State History Museum

1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington
(253) 272-3500

Click here for hours and admission rates.


  • The Washington State Historical Society and History Museum sit at the corner of Pacific Avenue and WA-509/21st Street in Tacoma. It is across the street from University of Washington Tacoma, and next to the historic Union Station (now a Federal Courthouse).
  • From I-5 take the I-705/City Center exit. Once on I-705, take the 21st Street exit. Veer left at the top of the ramp, then take the first right (at the light) onto Pacific Avenue. You’ll see the museum from the off-ramp. Look for the big brick arches.
  • On Pacific Avenue immediately to the right, turn toward our parking lot (the entrance is adjacent to a small corner park).
  • Park next to the History Museum on the Pacific Avenue level, or follow the road downhill and to the left behind the Museum for additional parking lot that extends behind Union Station.
  • On-site parking: If the History Museum parking lots are full, you may find street parking on Pacific Avenue or in the parking lots at S. 21st Street between C Street and Jefferson Avenue.
  • Transit: A Link Light Rail station is located in front of the museum, as well as stops for local bus lines.

Weekday parking rates, 6:00 AM-6:00 PM

Duration Rate
0-2 Hours $4
2-4 Hours $7
4-6 Hours $10
6-12 Hours $13

Evening (after 6:00 PM) and weekend parking rates

Duration Rate
0-2 Hours $4
2-4 Hours $5
4-6 Hours $8
6-12 Hours $10

Parking Registration

Purchase a Monthly or Quarterly Parking Permit

The Washington State History Museum offers quarterly and monthly parking permits to the public in limited quantities. Permits are non-transferrable and must be registered with the Office of Museum Support Services. Purchasing a permit does not guarantee, reserve, or assign a parking stall. Parking stalls are on a first-come, first-served basis. Completing and submitting the registration information does not constitute purchase or automatic renewal of a parking permit.

Parking permit purchases may be made over the phone or in person at the Washington State History Museum admissions counter during regular business hours. Permit stickers must be obtained in person through the Office of Museum Support Services. Proration of permits is calculated by dividing number of calendar days by cost of permit.

For more information, contact Mark Sylvester, Director of Museum Support Services, at 253-798-5891, or Dave Becker, Lead Security Officer, 253-798-5890.

For parking inquiries after hours, call 253-798-5891 and press option 1.

Parking Registration Form