History museums were originally intended to bring history to life, a mission that was slightly modified following the Supreme Court's landmark People v. Undead Mongol Hordes decision. See how modern technology avoids unholy reanimation with today's deal: for $4, you get an adult general-admission ticket ($8 value) to the Washington State History Museum on Pacific Avenue. This Groupon is not valid for school field trips or group tours.
Once you answer the riddles of the history museum's half-man, half-gecko entryway guardian, you'll pass through the monumental doorway arch, revealing 106,000 square feet of high-tech displays and interactive, multi-sensory exhibits. Current featured exhibits give you a glimpse of Sasquatch in Giants in the Mountains: The Search for Sasquatch (through June 27), exquisitely carved chesspieces from all over the world's gameboard in The Many Shapes of Chess (through November 21), and in-depth explorations of the state's cultural touchstones in Icons of Washington History (through July 3), as well as gorgeous digital photographs and folk art. But be sure to make time to stroll through the museum's permanent exhibits, where you can explore a coalmine, ride in a covered wagon, learn phrases from Native American languages, eavesdrop on Lewis and Clark's breakup phone calls with their girlfriends, and visit a massive model railroad, complete with a tiny, doomed Casey Jones.
Whether you're escaping a day filled with angry bees or taking a friendly loved one on an educationally entertaining, paradox-free trip back in time, make sure you check out the Washington State History Museum's 15 fun facts, which forms a mini-tour of greatest hits for record-seeking history spelunkers.
This Groupon is not valid from December 26, 2010, to January 1, 2011.
- A full barrage of high-tech displays makes history both fun and interesting. – Frommer's
- Adjacent to Union Station, and with the same opulent architecture, Washington's official history museum presents interactive exhibits and multimedia installations about the exploration and settlement of the state. – Fodor's
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, Washington 98402Get Directions