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Harbor History Museum

October 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In the beautiful city of Gig Harbor, Washington, is a museum dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history of the harbor’s peninsula and its artifacts. When a history club was started by the members of the American Association of University Women in 1964, the community got together to share photographs and other memorabilia. It wasn’t until 2010 when the Harbor History Museum got its permanent waterfront location.

With seven thousand square feet of permanent exhibits, you will have a fun-filled, educational day. Walk through the museum and experience hands-on displays, video kiosks, computer inter-actives, and unique artifacts.  Or watch a video in the small theater.  Artifacts range from old- fashioned wooden canoes to old fishing nets to Native American tools.

Don’t forget to check out the 65-foot Shenandoah, which was donated to the museum by Tony Janovich. The vessel was used for many fishing trips and is in the process of being restored at the museum by volunteers. If you would like to help, visit their website

The award-winning Pioneer School Experience is an opportunity for students to go back in time, and learn about the history through experiencing what it was like to be in a schoolhouse at the turn of the century. School groups are welcome.
The Primary Museum Experience, another program, is for grades kindergarten through second. Students get involved in an I-Spy activity, learn museum etiquette, and have their own tour of the galleries.

Check their website to see the upcoming events and temporary exhibits; you won’t want to miss out!  If you would like to volunteer, they are always welcoming new helpers and you can learn new skills, and get experience in all the different projects at the museum. IMG_9534


Transient space is available at Arabella’s Landing Marina (253-851-1793). Call ahead to check for availability

Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, Washington, is open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m. For further information, call 253-858-6722 or go to


By Melissa McMahon

Photos courtesy of Harbor History Museum

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