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Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor

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History Museum Museum
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 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Gig Harbor is known as an "historic fishing village", although it has grown over the years to be a small town of about 6,000 give or take, no longer a "village". Still, it retains a wonderful sense of...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Well done museum with interactive exhibits, doable in 1-2 hours