Washington State Capitol Museum - Olympia, WA
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Washington State Capitol Museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history and culture of Washington. Visitors learn about the establishment of Washington's state capital and the construction of the imposing capitol building in the exhibit Olympia: Her Present, Proud Position. Featuring two floors of exhibits, the museum offers interpretations of regional Native American history and a series of interesting temporary exhibits. The gardens surrounding the museum mansion feature a sample of native Northwest plants in the ethno botanical garden. The museum store features a nice selection of Northwest products and gifts. One of the permanent exhibits at the museum is Her Present Proud Position: Olympia as Washington State Capital. Visitors get to follow the growth and development of Olympia as visionaries and colorful residents shaped it to be both a state capital and a city facing contemporary issues. Through the years, the city has faced and been formed by two themes: The Struggle for Identity and The Architecture of Government. These two themes are found in the exhibit's four major chronological periods: The Territorial era; Early Statehood, the Formative Years; Wars, Depression and the Development of the Capitol Campus; and the Contemporary Development of the Capital.

Facilities: Washington State Capitol Museum provides restrooms.

Best Time To Visit: Washington State Capitol Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm and Saturday 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

Fees: An admission fee is charged.

Accessibility: Unknown

Rules: Children must be supervised while at the museum.

Directions: To reach Washington State Capitol Museum from Olympia, take Exit 105, following the "State Capital/City Center" route. Go through a tunnel, (get in the left hand lane) and turn left on Capital Way. Follow the brown and white "State Capital Museum" signs to 21st Avenue. Turn right on 21st Avenue and proceed two blocks. The museum is on the left in a stucco mansion.

Map: Click here for a map to Washington State Capitol Museum

Reservations: Reservations are accepted for Washington State Capitol Museum.

Washington State Capitol Museum
211 West 21st Avenue
Olympia, Washington 98501
General: (360) 753-2580
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