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Jefferson Museum of Art & History

540 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368-5725
+1 360-385-1003
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A must do when in the area

Funny that when we asked a native person from Port Townsend that they could not direct us to the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
simivalley1699
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Washington, the State
Worth a visit

Great way to learn a bit of local history in a beautiful building. My kids liked the jail cells the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
dephal
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Turlock, California
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Jefferson Museum of Art & History is located in Port Townsend's historic City Hall building. The Museum features award-winning exhibits that display our unique cultural history of Maritime, Native American, and Early Settler life throughout its multiple galleries. The historic courtroom is now a rotating art gallery, displaying the works of noted artists. Once Port Townsend's Fire Hall, Courtroom, Jail and Police Station in the late 1800s, the building itself has many stories to tell! During the summer, the Museum offers historic walking tours of our beautiful Victorian seaside city. The Jefferson County Historical Society also operates the historic Rothschild House as well as the Commanding Officers Quarters at Fort Worden which are open to the public from May through September.
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540 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368-5725
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Funny that when we asked a native person from Port Townsend that they could not direct us to the museum. We found it on our map and enjoyed the history and all of our our questions were answered by the person at the desk.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great way to learn a bit of local history in a beautiful building. My kids liked the jail cells the best, but it was all interesting. Friendly staff too.

Thank dephal
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

A very interesting little museum that is an essential first port of call for visitors in understanding the history of Port Townsend. Friendly staff and well presented, it offers good value for money and is very child friendly. They will love the jail!

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Reviewed 20 April 2018

We had some time to occupy before we got the ferry to Whidbey Island and this museum set the stage for understanding the area we were visiting. A well versed docent with lots of good stories to tell greeted as we entered the old city...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

There's a lot of nice things to do in Port Townsend, but If you find yourself in town on a rainy day with a couple of edgy kids, please visit the Jefferson Museum of Art and History and you'll be glad you did. The old...More

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Reviewed 13 October 2017

My wife wanted to skip the video but it was well worth starting with a short video that takes about 7 minutes. It is a short tour of this museum. My wife enjoyed locking me up in the jail (the real ball and chain photo...More

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Reviewed 19 July 2017

The Jefferson Museum of Art & History is located in downtown Port Townsend. It's in the old court house and has a short historical video, small art room, former jail and fire house exhibits. It's a self-guided tour that's worth your time. If you're a...More

Thank Patricia H
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

We have lived in Port Townsend for a long time, but never went to our local museum until now. They are hosting an art retrospective that interested us, so we were pleasantly surprised to find more to see than just the art. Found out quite...More

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Reviewed 26 December 2016

Definitely worth an hour of your time to explore this little gem of a museum. Probably the best display of life on the Peninsula from the early days. Lots of photos, the original jail (pretty scary), and a great amount of detail about little known...More

3  Thank abearfellow
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

Great exhibit of the beginning of Port Townsend. In the original city hall building. Beautiful structure and architecture. Great introductory video. Worth visiting

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