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Historical Attractions in RENTON

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Renton, Washington State!)

Renton is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in this The Evergreen State city that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Renton’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Renton when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Fort Nisqually

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    (19 miles) Tacoma

    Explore, discover and connect with history. Experience life in Washington Territory during the fur trade era with skills demonstrations and hands-on activities for kids of all ages.

  • Sky City Cultural Center

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    (19 miles) Acoma

    Take a guided tour of the ancient pueblo village atop a 367-foot sandstone bluff, Discover the traditional Native American culture and living history of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico.

  • The Pioneer Farm Museum

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    (43 miles) Eatonville

    A double trip into history as you visit the 1880s homestead, then travel back even further to experience the Ohop Indian Village. Educational and thoroughly entertaining day out for the family in ...

  • San Juan Island National Historic Park

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    (82 miles) Friday Harbor

    San Juan Island is well known for splendid vistas, saltwater shore, quiet woodlands and orca whales. But it was also here in 1859 that the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over a ...

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  • Museum Of Flight

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    (4 miles) Seattle

    Experience flight as you never have before. Step into the Personal Courage Wing and experience stories of courage as told through a collection of 28 fighter aircraftin a setting that will simply ...

  • KidsQuest Childrens Museum

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    (7 miles) Bellevue

    Explore, play and learn together at KidsQuest Children's Museum! Enjoy hours of delight and discovery at this innovative hands-on museum to engage kids from infancy to age eight.

  • Northwest African American Museum

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    (8 miles) Seattle

    Presents the stories, history and culture of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest. Engaging exhibitions, hands-on projects, and docent led tours available.

  • Seattle Art Museum

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    (10 miles) Seattle

    SAM is one museum with three sites: the Seattle Art Museum Downtown, the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park and the Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront in Belltown.

  • EMP Museum

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    (11 miles) Seattle

    A fun and fascinating pop culture museum in Seattle for kids and parents, with exhibits on Star Wars, Jimi Hendrix, and other amazing topics!

  • Pacific Science Center

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    (11 miles) Seattle

    Tropical Butterfly House, Planetarium and Science Demonstration Stage shows, Discovery Carts, Imax, Laser Show and much more. One of many places to go if you're looking for fun things to do in ...

  • Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

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    (13 miles) Seattle

    Welcomes all visitors who are curious about the natural wonders of Washington state, the Pacific Northwest, and the Pacific Rim. Discovery awaits you!

  • Childrens Museum of Tacoma

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    (19 miles) Tacoma

    Core early childhood experiences form the platform for play in the Museum’s five main areas: Woods, Water, Voyager, Invention, and Becka’s Studio. Covering between them physical, imaginative, ...

  • Washington State History Museum

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    (19 miles) Tacoma

    In The Washington State History Museum people of all ages can explore and be entertained from Washington's past speak about their lives. Through interactive exhibits and theatrical storytelling. One ...

  • Harbor History Museum

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    (20 miles) Gig Harbor

    TheHarbor History Museumis a 14,500 square foot facility where you will find high-quality exhibitions, larger than life experiences, and a variety of opportunities for hands-on learning and ...

  • Phillips County Museum

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    (21 miles) Malta

    Included in our displays are; early plains Indian artifacts, homesteading days, ranching and farming in Phillips County, mining, early day schools, mercantile, doctor's office, and many wildlife ...

  • Bremerton Bug and Reptile Museum

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    (21 miles) Bremerton

    A FREE children's museum where you can experience cool LIVE bugs, explore bizarre bugs under the microscope and watch busy ants in their giant 8 foot long Ant Farm!

  • Flying Heritage Collection

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    (29 miles) Everett

    A premier aviation attraction for all ages, offering a glimpse into a powerful era of history that changed our world.

  • Imagine Children's Museum

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    (34 miles) Everett

    Where FUN begins and LEARNING never ends with hands-on exhibits for kids ages 12 months to 12 years and their family, school group or other organizations.

  • Hands On Children's Museum

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    (44 miles) Olympia

    Where fun and learning go hand in hand! Featuring more than 60 fun, interactive exhibits for kids ages birth to 10 and their parents or caregivers. One of the many fun family places to go if you're ...

  • Olympic Flight Museum

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    (47 miles) Tumwater

    With a collection of working aircraft, educational exhibits, historic information, and even two interactive mobile displays for children, the entire family is sure to discover something interesting ...

  • WWII B-17 Museum Visit

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    (48 miles) Olympia

    The Olympic Flight Museum will be hosting the visit of the Commemorative Air Force’s B-17 Flying Fortress “Sentimental Journey”, on July 23 - July 30, 2012. The “Sentimental Journey” is the ...

  • Veterans Memorial Museum

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    (67 miles) Chehalis

    Veterans Memorial Museum is dedicated to the men and women who have honorably served our nation in the Armed Forces, during peacetime and war, so we might enjoy the freedoms we have today.

  • Childrens Museum of Skagit County

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    (68 miles) Burlington

    Several role, imagination and construction play settings with fun educational bias. There's a toddler farmyard and an underwater themed sandbox for the smaller ones, plus painting and gluing for all ...

  • The Whale Museum

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    (82 miles) Friday Harbor

    Come and visit The Whale Museum.In the Gallery of Whales you'll learn about the natural history of marine mammals, with a special focus on the orcas of J, K and L pods living in the waters of the San ...

  • The Aberdeen Museum Of History

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    (83 miles) Aberdeen

    Throughout its history the Aberdeen Armory Building has been a source of civic pride and activity. Indeed, at the time of its construction, the Armory was hailed as a truly imposing structure. An ...

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