Historical Attractions in Washington State with kids

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

Washington is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in The Evergreen State  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 Washington State’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 Washington State when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • San Juan Island National Historic Park

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    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 ...

  • The Pioneer Farm Museum

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    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 ...

  • Fort Nisqually

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    Tacoma

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

  • Cedar Creek Grist Mill

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    Woodland

    The only one remaining of it's type, offering working tours to see the impressive pulley systems and grindstones at work in traditional fashion. Please note weekend opening only.

  • Fort Vancouver National Site

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    Vancouver

    A series of historically educational attractions and environments are spread across this expansive parkland, including interactive and immersive exhibits.

  • Fort Walla Walla

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    Walla Walla

    Showcases period textiles, military exhibits, beadwork art, transportation gallery and more, plus recreated Pioneer Village.

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  • The Whale Museum

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    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 ...

  • Orcas Island Historical Museum

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    Eastsound

    We serve Orcas Island residents and visitors to the island by offering new exhibits, presentations and speakers, tours, research assistance, the annual Historical Day Fair, open house celebrations, ...

  • Imagine Children's Museum

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    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.

  • Museum Of Flight

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    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 ...

  • Pacific Science Center

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    Seattle

    Curiosity and discovery is ignited in this Seattle science center, with exhibits designed to teach kids about STEM subjects through play!

  • Seattle Art Museum

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    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.

  • Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

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    Seattle

    Discovery awaits all families who are curious about the natural wonders of Washington state, the Pacific Northwest, and the Pacific Rim!

  • The Aberdeen Museum Of History

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    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 ...

  • Polson History Museum

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    Hoquiam

    Of the twenty-six rooms we occupy, we use seventeen for exhibits. We display thousands of artifacts, documents, and photos upstairs and down. Upstairs you'll see, besides the Little Hoquiam ...

  • World Kite Museum

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    Long Beach

    The World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame is the only American Museum dedicated exclusively to the history of kites, kitemakers and famous kite fliers.

  • Westpoint Maritime Museum

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    Westport

    Our historic museum building was built in 1939 to serve as the Coast Guard's Lifeboat Station, Grays Harbor. The Colonial Revival structure served in that role until 1972 when a new station was built ...

  • Northwest Carriage Museum

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    Raymond

    Explore the world of the 19th century traveler at the Northwest Carriage Museum. The museum is home to 23 beautifully restored horse drawn vehicles. Many of the carriages in the museum were the ...

  • Northwest African American Museum

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    Seattle

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

  • Washington State History Museum

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    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 ...

  • Veterans Memorial Museum

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    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.

  • Museum Of Art

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    Pullman

    The Museum of Art at Washington State University offers a wide variety of changing exhibitions of regional, national and international art and artists, as well as educational programs featuring ...

  • The Railroad-Depot History Museum

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    Ritzville

    Located alongside the Burlington Northern tracks, the Depot is a clear reminder of the importance of the railroad in the economy and social life of old Ritzville. For generations in the life of ...

  • KidsQuest Childrens Museum

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    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.

  • Hands On Children's Museum

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    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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    Olympia

    A fascinating collection of working aircraft, educational exhibits, historic information, and interactive displays for kids. Something for all at this aviation museum in Washington State!

  • Flying Heritage Collection

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    Everett

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

  • Childrens Museum of Tacoma

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    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, ...

  • Chihuly Garden and Glass

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    Seattle

    A visually stunning exhibition garden guaranteed to mesmerise children, with monumental sculptures, lush landscape and colourful little discoveries lying in wait everywhere you look - in the stunning ...

  • Mobius Science Center

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    Spokane

    65 fun, hands-on, interactive and informative science and technology exhibits to engage, teach and entertain kids in downtown Spokane.

  • Bremerton Bug and Reptile Museum

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    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!

  • Harbor History Museum

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    Gig Harbor

    14,500 square foot of exhibits where kids can learn all about the rich history of Gig Harbor in Washington State!

  • Childrens Museum of Skagit County

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    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 ...

  • Central Washington Agricultural Museum

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    Union Gap

    Uses 15 acres of open air displays, including 29 covered buildings, to provide insight into the lives of early Washington settlers. Walk through and drive through tours are available with pre ...

  • Yakima Valley Museum

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    Yakima

    A fascinating and diverse collection of exhibits from American Indian art to horse drawn carriages to neon signs, with the best feature for kids being the hands on Underground area with play ...