Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor

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The Harbor History Museum is a regional maritime and history museum in Gig Harbor, Washington. It hosts exhibits on regional culture and history, and Midway Schoolhouse, a one-room schoolhouse built in 1893 and moved to the museum's grounds in 2009. The museum won the Washington Museum Association annual Award of Project Excellence for an exhibit called Midway Pioneer School Experience.The museum acquired its current 14500sqft location on downtown Gig Harbor's Harborview Drive with a $1.5 million gift from a Gig Harbor family. The museum opened there in 2010.In late 2014 the museum board announced it would host more local cultural events including monthly music concerts in 2015 and a new preschool.Boat restorationThe museum is restoring a wooden fishing boat, the Shenandoah, that worked the San Juan Islands from 1925 until it was donated to the museum in 2000.
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  • This museum turned to be such a pleasant surprise! Free admission and kid friendly. The local docent gave us a personal overview of what the museum had to offer and then walked us through the historic...  more »
  • Well organized and informative with many "hands on" activities for students and those interested in the city's history.  more »
  • Very nice History Museum. Many of us in Gig Harbor are members and can use it anytime. We have wonderful history and this shares that with you. Also has special functions that are nice to attend.  more »
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  • Went here with my grandma who has lived here most her life and I have grown up visiting Gig Harbor regularly all my life. Very well done museum with lots of interesting exhibits. Even if you are unfamiliar with the town you will be interested in learning about Gig Harbor. The old school rooms were interesting to see. There are also some pretty nice digital and techie displays as well for the younger ones including many children friendly spaces and interactions.
  • Not a big history guy, but this was really cool. Very informative and a great way to spend part of Father's Day. Would gladly recommend it to anyone in the area.
  • Loved the place. Great history. Kid friendly.
  • I took my daughter here for another child's birthday. The building is nice and the event center was well suited for a kid's party.
  • Covers the history of the area primarily beginning with American expansion into the area. Exhibits are well annotated for the most part, but a little limited. There is currently an active restoration in progress on a local wooden fishing vessel, but unfortunately not much information available on it.

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