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About Us

The Washington State Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 membership organization, open to any and all individuals, families, or firms. The Society is also recognized in statute (RCW 27.34) as a trustee agency of the state of Washington with enumerated powers.

Founded in 1891 and now into its second century of service, the Washington State Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and vividly presenting Washington's rich and varied history. The Historical Society is comprised of a family of museums and research centers, offering a variety of services  to researchers, historians, scholars, and the lifelong learners.

By connecting personal, local, regional, and national stories to the universality of the human experience, and collecting materials from our state that help tell those stories, we will make the Washington State Historical Society indispensable to the people of Washington and a vital part of state government.

Take home a souvenir of Washington with a visit to the Washington State History Museum Store. Find unique jewelry, books, exhibit memorabilia, art prints, posters, apparel, toys, accessories, collectibles and more. From items made from Mount St. Helens ash to those crafted by Native American artists -- you'll find that unique gift or souvenir that will remind you of your visit to the History Museum. 

Your purchases support the preservation and interpretation of Washington State history and the education of thousands of Washington's schoolchildren. 

VISION

To be Washington’s flagship historical organization offering resources and services to citizens, visitors, and others interested in our state’s history.

MISSION

By connecting personal, local, regional, and national stories to the universality of the human experience, and collecting materials from our state that help tell those stories, we will make the Washington State Historical Society indispensable to the people of Washington and a vital part of state government.

CONTACT

Washington State Historical Society
1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Toll-free 1-888-BE THERE (1-888-238-4373)

www.washingtonhistory.org

Staff Contacts

 Questions about products? Looking for something specific? Contact the Museum Store Manager:

Sarah Kennedy
Museum Store Manager
253-798-5880
sarah.kennedy@wshs.wa.gov

Museum Store Hours

 

Monday      Closed
Tuesday      10am-5pm
Wednesday      10am-5pm                        
Thursday      10am-5pm
Friday      10am-5pm
Saturday      10am-5pm
Sunday      10am-5pm

*On the Third Thursday of each month, the History Museum is open until 8pm with FREE ADMISSION from 2-8pm.