Washington State History Museum, Tacoma

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The Washington State History Museum is a history museum located in downtown Tacoma, Washington, United States. It is operated by the Washington State Historical Society under the official approval of the Washington State Legislature. The museum opened on August 10, 1996, at a building adjacent to historic Union Station that cost $42 million to construct.
The museum maintains three permanent exhibits. One is about the history of Washington state and its relation to the Pacific Northwest, featuring artifacts from women's suffrage, industrialization, Native American tribes and items such as Clovis points. The uppermost floor of the museum contains the History Lab, where visitors can explore and learn about history in a more hands-on fashion with multiple interactive exhibits. The top floor is also home to the state's largest permanent model train layout, which covers 1,700 sq ft (160 m2) and recreates scenes from Tacoma's Union Station (which is located next to the museum) and other regional railroads. The museum hosts an annual Model Train Festival in December.
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  • This is a very nice historical museum with some great exhibits showcasing the State of Washington and how it came about. This id a great place to spend the afternoon. Because of Covid, several... 
    This is a very nice historical museum with some great exhibits showcasing the State of Washington and how it came about. This id a great place to spend the afternoon. Because of Covid, several...  more »
  • Nice museum, very enjoyable with a reasonable price. Some display construction going on. Displays were placed well and informative. 
    Nice museum, very enjoyable with a reasonable price. Some display construction going on. Displays were placed well and informative.  more »
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  • Exhibits are put together very well. The section outling the geological history of the area is accessible to all ages and interest levels. The train display upstairs has the most intricate detail and features. The exhibit on the Japanese in the US during WWII was very informative, as I had only ever heard limited pieces of the story beforehand. All the other exhibits have their own merits as well, too many to list here.
  • New exhibit on the people's of WA state from earliest history (Clovis peoples) on. Excellent section on immigrants in current generations and the history of abysmal treatment AND community building among our various peoples. Highly recommend - wish history classes in school could be taught as honestly...

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