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Washington State History Museum

1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3109
+1 888-238-4373
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Interesting Museum, Outstanding Model Railroad Exhibit

Although the entire museum is quite well done, the HO scale model railroad built and operated by... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
BBDY
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West Milford, New Jersey
Excellent Washington museum

This museum is awesome I really enjoyed it Especially the special exhibit of toytopia was amazing... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Allen B
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Oak Harbor, Washington
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History museum full of informative displays and artifacts on the history of Washington state.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“model railroad” (15 reviews)
“all ages” (16 reviews)
“oregon trail” (3 reviews)
LOCATION
1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-3109
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+1 888-238-4373
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"light rail"
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"gift shop"
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"great for kids"
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"nice job"
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"hands on activities"
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"on display"
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"parking garage"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Although the entire museum is quite well done, the HO scale model railroad built and operated by the Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers was the highlight of the visit for me. It is locally and historically based and both the scenery and structures are well...More

Thank BBDY
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is awesome I really enjoyed it Especially the special exhibit of toytopia was amazing I highly recommend this place It is kid friendly and not overpriced

Thank Allen B
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

we went in and spent four hours and if we didn't have an appointment would have stayed longer. They have visuals and audio samples and books and all sorts of things. I was super impressed. Both my sons really enjoyed the place, too.

Thank xdad314
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Have been here a couple of times. It's pretty cool! Good place to bring people not from Washington or people looking to learn more about it.

Thank 271aubreys
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

Something for everyone here. Impressive, intelligent, interactive displays. Not just history & culture, but science, too, especially geology.

Thank Markian
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

The museum does this every christmas season and it is always fun. virtually every scale is on display but the permanent display (H O) is incredible. the entire display is historically based. Absolutely worth the trip and you don't have to wait for the holiday...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

Limited exhibits. I expected a lot more about the state of Washington. Train exhibit was not working properly, It appeared only a portion of the building was in use.

Thank 8AcrosstheRiver
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

When you live in the eastern portion of the US like I do and go to a lot of state and local history Museums, they are all virtually the same. Native Americans, settlers, Civil War, industrialization, World Wars, local businesses. I came to the Washington...More

Thank jkoz148
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Reviewed 15 December 2017

The kids were not that excited about a history museum but ended up having a great time. There is enough to do and see and plenty of information for the history buff as well. A good place for a family day out.

Thank Adam S
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Reviewed 11 December 2017

We really enjoyed all the exhibits at the Washington State History Museum and the Native American Art Festival was fun! The people that work there were very helpful. The gift shop has good prices and a fun selection.

Thank ellespeth
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