BIGELOW HOUSE MUSEUM
Visit the circa-1860 home containing many of the Bigelow family furnishings, guided tours
Bigelow House Museum, 918 Glass Ave., Olympia - directions
Hours: noon-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, other tour times available by appointment; 360-753-1215
BLACK DIAMOND MUSEUM
historic 1880 train depot turned into a museum exhibiting company store, miners’ equipment and tools, children’s country schoolroom and more
Black Diamond Museum, 32627 Railroad Ave., Black Diamond - directions
Winter hours: noon-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
admission by donation; 360-886-2142.
Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast, Seattle - directions
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 5-9 p.m. first Thursdays free admission; 206-543-5590
CAMP SIX LOGGING MUSEUM
explore exhibits, see fully rigged spar tree, Lidgerwood skidder and historic equipment; picnic tables on-site, outdoor exhibits open year-round
Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma - directions
EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT
325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; 206-367-5483 - directions
FOOTHILLS HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
seven buildings, displays of logging, mining, forestry, sandstone and farming
Foothills Historical Society Museum, 175 Cottage St., Buckley
Hours: 1-4 p.m. Sundays, noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays; free; 360-829-1291.
FORT LEWIS MILITARY MUSEUM
extensive collection of military uniforms, weapons and other memorabilia relating to the history of Fort Lewis and the Army in the Pacific Northwest
Fort Lewis Military Museum, Building 4320, Fort Lewis; free; 253-967-7206.
FORT NISQUALLY LIVING HISTORY MUSEUM
Explore a 19th-century fort, learn about the Hudson’s Bay era
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma - directions
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays
$4 general, $3 seniors and students ages 13-17, $2 children ages 5-12, except when otherwise noted; 253-591-5339;
FOX ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM
displays include period rooms of pioneer homes, early schools, ferry and maritime, farm equipment and a log A-frame cabin built in 1908
Fox Island Historical Society Museum, 107 Ninth Ave., Fox Island
Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays; $1; 253-549-2461.
GIG HARBOR PENINSULA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM
ongoing exhibits: “Harbor Heritage,” overview of Gig Harbor heritage; “The Story of the S’Homamish,” Gig Harbor’s first residents
Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society and Museum, 4218 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor - directions
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays or by appointment; $1-$2; 253-858-6722,
HISTORIC FORT STEILACOOM
visit four buildings remaining from the first American military presence on Puget Sound
Hours: 1-4 p.m. Sundays June-Sept. 2; free;
Historic Fort Steilacoom, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W., Lakewood - directions
HYDROPLANE & RACEBOAT MUSEUM
the nation’s only public museum dedicated exclusively to boat racing; features unlimited and Gold Cup hydroplanes from six decades
Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum, 5917 S. 196th St., Kent - directions
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment; free; 206-764-9453.
JOB CARR CABIN MUSEUM
reconstruction of first white settler’s home in Tacoma in 1865
Job Carr Cabin Museum, 2350 N. 30th St., Tacoma - directions
Hours: 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; free; 253-627-5405.
KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM
407 S. G St., Tacoma - directions
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays except holidays; Free; 253-383-2575.
KENT HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
Bereiter House, 855 E. Smith St., Kent; 253-854-4330. - directions
photos and historical items
Lacey Museum, 8291/2 Lacey St., Lacey - directions
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; free; 360-438-0209.
“America’s Car Museum,” see more than 350 vintage and specialty automobiles, trucks, buses and firetrucks, plus related automobile memorabilia
325 152nd St. E., Tacoma - directions
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; $5-$15; 253-536-2885,
MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE MUSEUM
vintage uniforms, aviation art, armaments and models; general public must be escorted by sponsor/military escort
McChord Air Force Base Museum, Exit 125 off Interstate 5, Tacoma
Hours: noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays; free; 253-682-2485
Explore the home of Ezra Meeker, Victorian mansion built in 1890 offers glimpse of bygone era, hand-painted ceilings, extensive woodwork and furnishings, house available for teas and other functions
Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring St., Puyallup - directions
Hours: noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays; $2-$4; 253-848-1770.
MUSEUM OF FLIGHT
Exhibit: “Bush Pilots of Alaska,” featuring pilot stories, industry artifacts, photograph collection spanning 1920s-1960s, plus aircraft
Museum of Flight, 9404 East Marginal Way S., Seattle - directions
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 5-9 p.m. first Thursdays free admission; 206-764-5720,
NORTHWEST RAILWAY MUSEUM
Experience the excitement of a working railroad and the history of the railroad in the Northwest; Snoqualmie Valley Railroad 75 minutes round-trip train rides to the top of Snoqualmie Falls, through October
board in Snoqualmie, 38625 S.E. King St., - directions
or in North Bend, 205 McClellan St. - directions
call for details, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie; depot and bookstore, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; $6-$9; 425-888-3030.
PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER
Ongoing exhibits: “Dinosaurs: A Journey through Time,” Tropical Butterfly House, Insect Village, “Kids Works” and more
Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle - directions
call or go to Web site for hours and admission information; $7-$10; 206-292-2787;
PIONEER FARM MUSEUM
offers a variety of hands-on activities about life 100 years ago
Pioneer Farm Museum, 7716 Ohop Valley Road, Eatonville - directions
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays or by appointment; $5-$6; 360-832-6300.
PRAIRIE HOUSE MUSEUM
An 1890 farmhouse, barn and outbuildings, displays on the Spanaway area and life from the 1890s and more, tours by appointment
Prairie House Museum, 812 E. 176th St., Spanaway - directions
noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays; 253-536-6655.
SAINT MARTIN’S WAYNICK MUSEUM
large geology collection, artifacts from ancient cultures
Saint Martin’s University Waynick Museum, 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey - directions
Hours: Tuesdays or Thursdays by appointment; free; 360-438-4458.
SHANAMAN SPORTS MUSEUM OF TACOMA PIERCE COUNTY
large collection of sports memorabilia at the Tacoma Dome, including bats, balls, uniforms, championship rings, photos, programs and trophies depicting the history of sports in Tacoma and Pierce County
Shanaman Sports Museum of Tacoma-Pierce County, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma
by appointment; free; 253-627-5857,
STEILACOOM HISTORICAL MUSEUM
and Nathaniel Orr Pioneer Home, exhibits demonstrate pioneer life in the late 1800s and Steilacoom’s role as the first town in Washington, group tours by appointment; donations requested
Steilacoom Historical Museum, 1801 Rainier St., Steilacoom - directions
Hours: 1-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays; free; 253-584-4133.
SUMNER RYAN HOUSE MUSEUM
kitchen, parlor and dining room areas restored to 1890s style, alternating displays and collection of documents, Northwest history and 19th-century books
Sumner Ryan House Museum, 1228 Main St., Sumner - directions
by appointment; free; 253-863-8936.
TACOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY EXHIBIT CENTER
Ongoing: “Building Tacoma” traces the city’s growth from the first Euro-American settlement through its emergence as a major city by 1915; “The John Graham Collection: Historic Postcards of Tacoma,” donation requested
Tacoma Historical Society Exhibition Center, 747 Broadway, Tacoma - directions
Hours: noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 253-472-3738.
TACOMA TELEPHONE PIONEERS MUSEUM
exhibits of telephone equipment, phones, old phone books, switchboards, Teletypes and more, Tacoma
Telephone Pioneers Museum, 757 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma - directions
Hours: 8 a.m.-noon Thursdays or by appointment; free; 253-627-2996,
WASHINGTON STATE HISTORY MUSEUM
1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma - directions
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays; $6-$8; 253-272-3500,
WHITE RIVER VALLEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
918 H St. S.E., Auburn - directions
noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays; $1-$2; 253-288-7433,