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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  • August 10, 2017
    This is a really coll little museum, and it has more inside than I expected from the outside. I really enjoyed my time there, and highly recommend it for all visitors!  more »
  • May 26, 2017
    This wonderful museum includes a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits with a common theme around life in the Harbor. There's a fishing boat on permanent display so you can learn about the indus...  more »
  • April 26, 2017
    Enjoyed the exhibits, but just wished there was more about the original people. The Europeans were well represented, but we came away wishing to see more about how the native tribes lived.  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    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.
  • March 21, 2017
    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.
  • March 15, 2017
    This is a must see for anyone in the area. I lived here for two years before visiting, and I had no idea how much history this town had! Definitely recommend putting aside a few hours to visit.
  • January 29, 2017
    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.
  • March 2, 2017
    Well done museum with interactive exhibits, doable in 1-2 hours

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