The past is a powerful thing.
It teaches us appreciation for what came before and how it shaped our future. The past gives us many stories: survival, perseverance, innovation, controversy, strength and vision.
We are lucky to live where we do because history is built into the fabric of our communities. We are home to the fine state historical museum. This is terrific, however, we also have other local historical museums that help tell the tales of who we are and how we came to be.
Ready for a tour? Let's go.
We'll begin with the obvious.
Why here: This beautiful museum next to the stunning Union Station is one gem of a museum. Architecturally stunning, this venue offers interactive and high-tech displays and artifacts found nowhere else. It tells the rich history of Washington from its very beginnings to its current iteration. A must see for the whole family and a great destination for out of town guests. Click on the link above to learn more about hours, prices, special exhibits and parking.
Why here: The celebrates the Gig Harbor Peninsula and all its great history. On display are many interesting permanent galleries that are combined with different traveling exhibits. There is also an online exhibition as well as a research room to explore old photos and documentation. Click on the link above to see what is currently on display, pricing and hours and upcoming local events benefitting the museum.
Why here: Did you know that Steilacoom is Washington State's oldest town? The local history museum celebrates that and more with three different sites for you to learn all about Steilacoom's early pioneer days. Besides the actual museum, you can tour the Orr Home and the Wagon Shop. Please see the link above for pricing, admission times and special events.
Why here: The city of Lakewood has it's very own historical museum located in the Colonial Center. This museum features artifacts, photos, maps, documents and more that highlight the area's businesses, way of life, schools and pioneer past. The Lakewood Historical Society also hosts special events at the local library. Check out the website highlighted above for hours and events.
Why here: Boats and boating are a huge part of our area's local history as they have provided a gateway for trade, transportation and many industries. Check out this museum to learn about all things nautical. Enjoy maritime history displays and the stunning views of the Foss Waterway where you can see boats in action. Try out the link above to see pricing, current exhibits, hours and other great spots to visit along the Foss Waterway to complete your experience.
Why here: Located in the heart of gorgeous Point Defiance Park, the museum staff will re-enact the 19th century pioneer period. In period dress, staff will explain and show demonstrations of how people lived in this area back in the time. See how these folks worked, lived and entertained. Some of the original structures from the period have been lovingly restored over the years and that you can tour firsthand. See the link above for hours, prices, special events and educational programs.
Enjoy and savor, Patch readers.