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Jefferson Museum of Art & History

Closed Now: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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A must do when in the area

Funny that when we asked a native person from Port Townsend that they could not direct us to the... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2018
Washington, the State
Worth a visit

Great way to learn a bit of local history in a beautiful building. My kids liked the jail cells the... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2018
Turlock, California
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Jefferson Museum of Art & History is located in Port Townsend's historic City Hall building. The Museum features award-winning exhibits that display our unique cultural history of Maritime, Native American, and Early Settler life throughout its...more
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540 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368-5725
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

The gentleman at the desk was the best thing there. He was a treasure trove of information about the history of the town...its ups and downs from early times to present day. Short video was okay and exhibits just so-so. Largest room was a rotating...More

Thank bwodom
Reviewed 2 July 2018

Not a whole lot to say other than it is a museum. Most interesting part was the old jail cells in the basement.

Thank Judith S
Reviewed 16 June 2018

Funny that when we asked a native person from Port Townsend that they could not direct us to the museum. We found it on our map and enjoyed the history and all of our our questions were answered by the person at the desk.

Thank simivalley1699
Reviewed 10 June 2018

Great way to learn a bit of local history in a beautiful building. My kids liked the jail cells the best, but it was all interesting. Friendly staff too.

Thank dephal
Reviewed 15 May 2018

A very interesting little museum that is an essential first port of call for visitors in understanding the history of Port Townsend. Friendly staff and well presented, it offers good value for money and is very child friendly. They will love the jail!

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 20 April 2018

We had some time to occupy before we got the ferry to Whidbey Island and this museum set the stage for understanding the area we were visiting. A well versed docent with lots of good stories to tell greeted as we entered the old city...More

Thank CyndyandByron
Reviewed 13 March 2018

There's a lot of nice things to do in Port Townsend, but If you find yourself in town on a rainy day with a couple of edgy kids, please visit the Jefferson Museum of Art and History and you'll be glad you did. The old...More

Thank William H
Reviewed 13 October 2017

My wife wanted to skip the video but it was well worth starting with a short video that takes about 7 minutes. It is a short tour of this museum. My wife enjoyed locking me up in the jail (the real ball and chain photo...More

1  Thank dnelson_1971
Reviewed 19 July 2017

The Jefferson Museum of Art & History is located in downtown Port Townsend. It's in the old court house and has a short historical video, small art room, former jail and fire house exhibits. It's a self-guided tour that's worth your time. If you're a...More

Thank Patricia H
Reviewed 31 March 2017

We have lived in Port Townsend for a long time, but never went to our local museum until now. They are hosting an art retrospective that interested us, so we were pleasantly surprised to find more to see than just the art. Found out quite...More

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