The Washington State History Museum in Tacoma rustles up everything from wagon ruts to Rainier Beer commercials. Dress up in a sunbonnet and pinafore, listen in on long-ago phone conversations or tour a traditional Southern Coast Salish plank house.
At the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum in Tacoma, you can walk among a collection of wooden buildings replicating an 1883 Hudson’s Bay outpost.
Oregon Trail pioneer Ezra Meeker built a 17-room Italianate Victorian mansion for his wife in downtown Puyallup. At the Meeker Mansion don’t miss the mirror and dressing area, bespoke-crafted for Mrs. Meeker’s 4-foot 8-inch height (about the size of today’s average third-grader).
Dive deep into Seattle’s past—including the Great Fire of 1889—and explore some fun surprises at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), where you’ll find Boeing’s flying boat and the Lincoln Towing pink Toe Truck. (Yes, the truck features giant pink toes.)