Museums Near Olympia WA

Check out this article from an Olympia WA Chiropractor! It's about the museums you can visit!


With over 150 exhibits, the Hands on Children's Museum is the largest and most visited children's museum in the Pacific Northwest. This museum is exciting and engaging for kids and even the kids at heart. There are many interactive exhibits covering many science topics. It also features exhibits exploring different careers such as first responders and boat captains. There is a little theater room where kids can use their imaginations and perfect their performance. There are multiple art rooms where creativity is highly encouraged. Outside there is a small hiking loop and the kids can grab a trike and burn off the rest of their energy so they can nap in the car on their way home.


This museum is located near the state's capital building. It features a lot of information concerning the state of Washington and the Olympia region. You are able to walk around on your own, but you are highly encouraged to take the guided tour so that you can experience the full effect of the museum and surrounding area. On social media the tour guides have been praised as very knowledgeable and a highlight of people's visit. Be cautious of parking though. Sometimes finding an open spot can be adventurous.


The Olympic Flight Museum is small compared to other national air museums, but it is still highly worth the trip. You can stop by and just spend a short time glancing at the exhibits. You can also "dive" into each exhibit and learn a lot of fascinating information about planes and flight, easily taking you several hours to enjoy everything. All of the aircraft have combat experience and you are able to learn a lot about their history form the guides. There is even an air show that you can catch from time to time that can be very exciting.


The WET Science Museum is located near the Hands On Children's Museum. This museum focuses on educating people about water usage. It is a great trip for children of all ages and parents too. There are new activities and exhibits almost daily. So, no matter how often you return to this museum, you're going to learn and experience something new. There is a plumbing station where you can put together a bunch of pipes and try to guide a wiffleball around through the tunnel. There is a magnetic wall with gears that your kids can spend hours sorting through.


The goal of The Bigelow House Museum is interpreting and preserving the history of Olympia and Washington Territory. Built by a homesteading lawyer in the Carpenter Gothic style architecture, this house is the oldest residence in Olympia and one of the oldest in the entire Pacific Northwest. A lot of the furnishings are from the original family. It is rare to see a real example of this style of architecture that was so popular in the mid-1800's.