Tacoma Museums & History

Tacoma Museums & HistoryDive into the culture and history throughout Tacoma by exploring the city's museums and historical sites. You'll be inspired on your educational journey through these interesting and engaging destinations.

Job Carr Cabin Museum
Welcome to the birthplace of Tacoma at the Job Carr Cabin Museum. Step inside a replication of the log cabin home of Job Carr, the first permanent non-native settler of what is now Tacoma, and explore his vision to locate the Northern Pacific Railroad on Commencement Bay.

Address: 2350 North 30th Street, Tacoma, WA 98403 - MAP
Phone: (253) 627-5405
Web: www.jobcarrmuseum.org

Museum of Glass
Hot glass and cool art stand out at the Museum of Glass. Discover a museum clearly dedicated to temporary exhibitions executed in glass and permanent collections of 20th and 21st century glass. These works are housed in a museum that is a masterful work of art in and of itself.

Address: 1801 Dock Street, Tacoma, WA 98402 - MAP
Phone: (253) 284-4750
Web: www.museumofglass.org

Washington State History Museum
Fascinating history and tons of fun come together at the Washington State History Museum. You'll explore interactive exhibits, listen to theatrical story telling, see high tech displays and uncover dramatic artifacts. The exhibitions are designed for people of all ages to get an educational and entertaining glimpse of Washington's great citizens and storied past.

Address: 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402 - MAP
Phone: (253) 272-3500
Web: www.wshs.org

Tacoma Art Museum
Escape to a world of art at the Tacoma Art Museum. The museum has been collecting art since 1935 and their holdings have grown into a stunning assembly of 3,500 works of art, including the most comprehensive acquisition of Dale Chihuly glass works. You'll relish impressive art, artsy souvenirs and a bite at the museum's Relish Cafe.

Address: 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402 - MAP
Phone: (253) 272-4258
Web: www.tacomaartmuseum.org

LeMay Museum
Fasten your seat belts when you roll through the LeMay Museum, known around the world as American's Car Museum. See the largest private automobile collection of classic and vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles with a price tag of nearly 60 million dollars. Buckle up for a fast and furious look at a variety of cars, from a 1917 Simplex Crane Model Five to a 1969 Pontiac Firebird and more.

Address: 325 152nd Street, East, Tacoma, WA 98445 - MAP
Phone: (253) 536-2885
Web: www.lemaymuseum.org

Fort Nisqually Living-History Museum
See the 19th century come alive at the Fort Nisqually Living-History Museum. Walk the streets of a Hudson Bay company outpost to experience the life of European settlers on Puget Sound. The streets are filled with volunteers in period clothing speaking historic dialog and demonstrating pioneer lifestyles.

Address: 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407 - MAP
Phone: (253) 591-5339
Web: www.metroparkstacoma.org