Free admission at WSHM

TACOMA, Wash – Temperatures in the South Sound are expected to reach 104 degrees on Sunday, June 27. Considering this unusual heatwave, the Washington State Historical Society’s director Jennifer Kilmer decided to offer free admission on Sunday from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, essentially utilizing the History Museum as a cooling center. Museums have some of the best temperature and humidity controls available, and the spacious building will remain cool inside.

While enjoying a break from the heat, visitors can explore the new exhibitions Crossing Boundaries: Portraits of a Transgender West, highlighting specific people who moved west and changed their activities, clothing, and behaviors to live more fully as themselves; and REMEMBRANCE: The Legacy of Executive Order 9066, about the intergenerational impacts of the incarceration of people of Japanese descent during World War II. The Great Hall of Washington History is open (with one area closed off for construction of a new exhibition) and features stories of migration and immigration, Native American artifacts and history, and ancient Clovis Points, among other points of interest. The largest model train layout on public view in Washington is located on the fifth floor, operated by the Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers, near the exhibition Just the Ticket: Train Travel in Washington State.

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About The Washington State Historical Society and History Museum
The Washington State Historical Society partners with our communities to explore how history connects us all. The Society’s most visible activity, the Washington State History Museum is located in downtown Tacoma on Pacific Avenue. The museum features interactive permanent exhibitions about Washington’s past in the Great Hall, unique rotating exhibitions highlighting the Society’s collections, and dynamic feature exhibitions.

Address: 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

Tel: 253-272-3500


Hours: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM Tues.-Sun. On the third Thursday of each month: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM, with free admission from 3:00-8:00 PM.

Admission: Free for members; Adults $14; seniors (age 65+), students (age 6-17) and military (with ID) $11; free for children 5 and under; family rate $40 (up to two adults and four children under age 18). Patrons with a Washington Quest card and licensed Washington Foster Parents can attend for $1 per person or $2 per family.

Blue Star Museums: Washington State History Museum is proud to participate in this program giving thanks to active duty military members and their families. The 2021 Blue Star Museums program begins on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, 2021 and ends on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021. This program provides FREE admission for active duty military and up to five family members with ID. The active duty member does not need to be present for admission.