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Washington State History Museum

Washington State History Museum

People of all ages can explore and be entertained in an environment where characters from Washington's past speak about their lives.

Begin your journey through Washington with an architectural masterpiece: designed by Charles Moore and Arthur Andersson, the 106,000 square foot Washington State History Museum building stands proudly on Pacific Avenue in Tacoma. The rolling archways and concave amphitheater mirror the forms of the former railroad terminal located next door, while its brick face and building volume match the old warehouse buildings across the street. The exhibits housed inside the museum are interactive, telling their story in a theatrical setting with high-tech displays and dramatic artifacts. As you go through the exhibits, you’ll learn about Washington State's unique people and places and their impact on the country and the world.

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