Wednesday (July 29)
Explore museums off the beaten track with the family
Expand your museum experience and take time to check out these museums in the area.
▪ BUFFALO SOLDIERS MUSEUM, 1940 S. Wilkeson St., Tacoma. This hidden gem is all about America’s history from 1866-1944 and the Buffalo Soldiers. Explore a side of history seldom told. It is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, Donations are accepted. For more information, call 253-272-4257 or go online to buffalosoldierstacoma.org.
▪ CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF TACOMA, 1501 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Get the kids’ minds working by joining in interactive exhibits, play programs and weekly education events. There’s something for kids of all ages to enjoy. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Admission is pay-as-you-can. For more information, call 253-627-6031 or go online to playtacoma.org.
▪ FORT NISQUALLY LIVING HISTORY MUSEUM, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma. Take a step back in time with the family and explore a 19th-century fort and learn about the Hudson’s Bay Co. era. The fort is active with re-enactor sand fun activities. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is $22 family; $8 adults; $6 active-duty military, military spouse, seniors (65 and older); $5 students; $4 ages 5-17; and free for ages 4 and younger. To find out more, call 253-591-5339 or go online to fortnisqually.org.
▪ FOSS WATERWAY SEAPORT, 705 Dock St., Tacoma. It’s all about Tacoma’s working waterfront with classic boats, displays of the life of waterfront workers, and the two newest exhibits: “Marine Debris Sculpture” features marine debris sculptures designed and built by students from Sherman Elementary School, and “Wunderkammer: Artifacts, False Memories and Projections” brings together items that blur the lines between art and history. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $20 family, $8 adults, $5 seniors, students, military, children 5 and older. Call 253-272-2750 for more information.
▪ WHITE RIVER VALLEY MUSEUM, 918 H St. SE, Auburn. This museum may be a little further away, but it’s worth the drive to check out “Service Ink: Veterans’ Tattoos and Their Stories,” which chronicles veterans, their stories and their tattoos. The museum is open noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sundays. Admission is $5 adults, $2 children and seniors. Go online to wrvmuseum.org for more information.
▪ HISTORIC FORT STEILACOOM, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood. The original and first U.S. military presence near Puget Sound, this historic site features four remaining buildings to explore. It is only open the first Sunday of the month, so mark your calendar for Sunday. Hours are 1-4 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, call 253-582-5838 or go online to historicfortsteilacoom.org.