Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

Washington State History Museum

1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402

Wed.- Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


New exhibit opens this week:

Civil War Pathways in the Pacific Northwest

Feb. 17-July 6

The Civil War fostered intense debates in Washington State about race, citizenship, civil liberties, politics, and federal government power, and helped connect the Pacific Northwest more closely with the rest of the nation. Civil War Pathways in the Pacific Northwest examines how the issues of the war influenced the lives of those in our region.

Opening Day Activities

Exclusive WSHS members-only reception and program, 10-10:45 a.m. Includes presentations by exhibit curator Lorraine McConaghy and retired Seattle Times editor Bruce Ramsey.

"Territorial Voices: A Civil War Reader's Theater"

11 a.m. to noon, open to the public free with museum admission. Come participate in an interactive, living theater piece where the audience reads the words of ordinary settlers, territorial military, and administrative leadership. Through the presentation, participants will realize the changing significance of words like "Democrat" and "Republican" and learn about various opinions on race and slavery in the Washington Territory.

"I Am Always on the Women's Side: Vignettes of the Civil War"

1 p.m., open to the public,
free with museum admission, Though women's voices are often lost amidst the din of the battlefield, their stories are an integral part of our nation's history. Karen Haas has researched numerous diaries, letters, and songs written by women to create a program portraying women from differing walks of life and points of view. These vignettes bring a frequently neglected side of the Civil War to life: women striving to survive in a time of violence, turmoil, and societal change. NOT INTENDED FOR YOUNGER AUDIENCES.

Civil War Fashion Show

3 p.m., open to the public,
free with museum admission Presented by Goodwill of Tacoma, this fashion show recreates the look and feel of the Civil War era.

Bonus: Authors whose books are part of the Civil War Book Club will be signing copies of their books in the Museum Store. Musicians will be playing Civil War era music in the museum, and re-enactors will be portraying various Civil War characters in the gallery.

Tacoma Museums:

Buffalo Soldier Museum

1940 S. Wilkeson St.

Wed. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

407 S. G St.

Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St.

Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


LeMay Car Museum

2702 E. D St., Tacoma, WA 98421

Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Tacoma Art Museum

1701 Pacific Ave.

Wed.–Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed Mondays and


Museum of Glass

1801 Dock St.

Wed.-Sat.,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun.,
noon to 5 p.m.



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