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Gorge Heritage Museum - The museum and organization are dedicated to discovering, preserving, and disseminating knowledge about the history of Western Klickitat County and Eastern Skamania County. The museum is located on the southern border of Washington in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts - With three unique theaters and its own acclaimed performance series, The Broadway Center serves as a vital and valuable arts steward to the community. These theaters are home to the Tacoma Symphony, Opera, Philharmonic, City Ballet, Concert Band, Tacoma Youth Symphony and the Northwest Sinfonietta.

Children's Museum of Tacoma - From the backyard to the moon, the Children's Museum of Tacoma celebrates the power of play in the life-long journey of learning. This imaginative environment reaches beyond home and school experiences, nurturing growth and development as young children and their adults explore the world together.

The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum - When you visit the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, you are able to visualize and participate in the bountiful life of the Columbia River Gorge. The museum features several Lewis & Clark exhibits and a history of the Gorge and its people.

Hands On Children's Museum - One of the largest youth museums in the Northwest with over 10,000 square feet of exhibit space! Designed for children and parents to enjoy together, the Museum contains four exhibit galleries with over 50 interactive exhibits.

Lelooska Museum - Holds an immense collection of artifacts from many regions: the Northwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and the Arctic. These items are many and varied including baskets, dolls, spoons, cradles, moccasins, tomahawks, pipes, pipe bags, dresses, a 15 foot birch bark canoe and an entire replica fur trade store fully furnished to the period.

Lewis Army Museum - Collects, preserves and interprets material of historical significance to Fort Lewis and the military units which have served here. The museum also strives to foster an appreciation for the role that the United States Army played in the exploration, settlement and defense of the Pacific Northwest.

Maryhill Museum of Art - A castle-like chateau overlooking the Columbia River, the Maryhill Museum of Art serves the Northwest as the major cultural resource in the Columbia River Gorge region. More than 10,000 visitors per month from all over the world come to enjoy the collections, the setting and the variety of special exhibits and programs.

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum - Travel back in time and experience life in Washington Territory during the fur trade era. A Hudson's Bay Company outpost built in 1833; Fort Nisqually was the first European settlement on Puget Sound. Volunteers and staff, in period clothing, demonstrate the crafts of the 19th century and engage visitors in historic dialogue during the Living History Days and other events throughout the year.

Olympic Flight Museum - Showcases of artifacts and memorabilia from World War II, and other periods in aviation history. The hangar features a display of lithographs and painting depicting various combat scenes from WWII in both the European and Pacific theaters of operation. Various displays of inert weapon systems, a large collection of aircraft models and more.

Pearson Air Museum - The mission of the Pearson Air Museum is to preserve the rich aviation history of the Northwest, the pioneering spirit and the freedom of flight for people of all ages. The museum offers many antique planes on permanent display, a children's hands-on center, theater, gift shop and more.

Squaxin Island Tribe Museum - The museum tells the story of the People of the Water through a series of exhibits and displays depicting the relationship between Squaxin Island Tribal members and the seven inlets of Southern Puget Sound.

Veterans Memorial Museum - A museum established to maintain the inspiration, remembrance and preservation of the memories of all America's Veterans and their sacrifices for America's freedom. The museum features a wonderful display of Civil War items from medical kits to saddles and weapons. Extensive WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Persian Gulf displays.

Odyssey 1 Family Fun Center - Specializing in Family Fun. The goal is to provide a fun-filled atmosphere with kids in mind! With the Jungle Gym, Laser Tag and game center there is something for all ages to enjoy.

Vintage Motorcycle Museum - A two story unique collection of original and fully restored pre-1916 Indians, Harley-Davidsons, Excelsior, Pierces, Emblem, Thor, Henderson, Sears, Yale, Reading Standard,plus a Neracar, Imp Car, and an assortment of bicycles, including an example of the first American made bicycle from the 1800's.

Cowlitz County Historical Museum - Founded in 1949 to discover, interpret and disseminate the history of Cowlitz County and Southwest Washington. Visit the Cowlitz County Historical Museum and discover how the land and rivers of Cowlitz County have shaped the lives of people for hundreds of years.

Foss Waterway Seaport - A permanent venue to tell the dramatic story of the people, workers, and risk-taking business adventurers who built, and today sustain, the region's working waterfront life and commerce.

Paul H. Karshner Memorial Museum - A fun place for children and their families to learn about history, cultures and habitats from across the globe. It's a hands-on adventure through time, full of everything from dinosaur fossils and bird feathers, to a mid-1800s general store and a life-size Indian tipi.

The LeMay Museum - America's Car Museum - The largest privately-held collection of vehicles in the US. The LeMay Collection celebrates America's love affair with the car and spans every decade of the 20th century.

Lewis County Historical Museum - The Museum depicts the early settlements and pioneer life in Lewis County, one of the first areas settled in the region and the oldest county in Washington State. Permanent exhibits include a Native American display of Cowlitz and Chehalis tribal material, a blacksmith shop, a second-hand store dating from the early 1900s and a children's hands-on exhibit.

McChord Air Museum - The museum features aircraft and scaled model exhibits, unit exhibits, collection of weapons, instruments, paintings and art from the USAF art collection, photographs, vintage uniforms and other memorabilia.

Mt Rainier Scenic Railroad - All Aboard the Ultimate Time Machine! Experience the Golden Age of Steam as you chug across spectacular bridges, clickety-clack through lush tall forests. Whistle at majestic Mt. Rainier and let off steam by Mineral Lake. All trains are pulled by vintage steam locomotives.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium - Not only one of the top zoos in the country, it is amongst the most beautiful. Nestled on 29 acres inside the 700-acre Tacoma, Wash. park, this zoo & aquarium brings you eye to eye with icy white beluga whales, playful pachyderms, intriguing sharks and brilliant reptiles.

Pioneer Farm Museum and Ohop Indian Village - Journey back to the 1880's with tour guides to experience homesteading in Washington state. Then step back further, to before the first local contact with Europeans and experience the seasonal Ohop Indian Village. Hands on tours are provided to educate while being a really fun time for children of all ages.

Tacoma Art Museum - Aims to integrate the visual arts into the lives of the community and all those who visit. Through focused educational programs, the museum creates opportunities for further understanding, enjoyment, and engagement with works of art.

Washington Center for the Performing Arts - The Center hosts the Olympia Symphony Orchestra and dozens of other community theater, music, and dance groups.

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park - Experience Northwest wildlife all around you! Get close to over 40 different species of Northwest animals! Climb aboard the tram to discover elk, bison, moose and more. Walk wooded pathways to venture near otter, wolverine, bears, cats and wolves. Touch animal artifacts and learn about birds and bees at Cheney Discovery Center. Get ready for an adventure!

Washington State History Museum - A place where fascination and FUN come together! People of all ages can explore and be entertained in an environment where characters from Washington's past speak about their lives. Through interactive exhibits, theatrical storytelling, high-tech displays and dramatic artifacts, learn about the state's unique people and places, as well as their impact on the country and the world.

Museum of Glass : International Center for Contemporary Art - Dedicated to the presentation and interpretation of contemporary art with a sustained concentration on the medium of glass.