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Washington State History Museum

Tacoma , WA
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LOCATION

1911 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 US (map)

PHONE

253-798-5926

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Bold architecture, stunning views and a convenient downtown location make the Washington State History museum the perfect place to have your wedding. Located in historic downtown Tacoma,... Read more
Bold architecture, stunning views and a convenient downtown location make the Washington State History museum the perfect place to have your wedding. Located in historic downtown Tacoma, the museum offers grand indoor and outdoor spaces for both your ceremony and reception, private access to our current exhibitions, and beautiful views of the city skyline, Thea Foss waterway, and Mount Rainier. You are welcome to select a caterer from our preferred list or bring in a caterer of your choosing and your rental of the museum includes use of tables, chairs, and audio/visual equipment, pre-event planning assistance, an on-site event coordinator the day of your wedding.

Whether you choose to have a formal wedding or a more casual affair, the museum has beautiful, bold and unique spaces that can accommodate your ceremony, a formal dinner or cocktail hour, dancing, and more. Located at the Museum's main entrance, the Grand Lobby is the building's most open and accessible room. In the daylight, its bright airiness highlights the huge arches and beautiful balconies above, while nighttime lights from the Plaza and nearby Union Station add elegance and drama to any occasion, particularly wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours.

Visit our site to learn more, or give us a call or send us an email!

http://www.washingtonhistory.org/visit/wshm/rentals/

253.798.5926

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
1
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
6
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
City, Vintage, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
350
What event services do you offer?
Event Rentals, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What event items are available?
Altar/Arches, Audio Equipment, Chairs, Furniture, Tables
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
1
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Exclusive Venue Use
What kind of menus do you offer for rehearsal dinners?
Custom

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Luckisha
Wedding:
7/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Everyone was so helpful! Dave was everything! I cannot tell you how valuable his smile
Is! Helpful, joyful, and flexible! Thank you all. It was a dream come true, and a great way to have people come see a pice of history!
Everyone was so helpful! Dave was everything! I cannot tell you how valuable his smile
Is! Helpful, joyful, and Read more...
Everyone was so helpful! Dave was everything! I cannot tell you how valuable his smile
Is! Helpful, joyful, and flexible! Thank you all. It was a dream come true, and a great way to have people come see a pice of history! Read less
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Scott
Wedding:
5/31/2015
5.0/5.0
The Washington State History Museum went above and beyond for our wedding ceremony! Our needs were relatively simple: a microphone and sound system, a podium, and an archway. All were set up and ready well before anyone from the wedding party arrived at the venue. Any time someone needed a museum representative, they were prompt and met our needs quickly. We were given access to our dressing rooms with more than enough time to dress and prepare for pre-ceremony photos. Thanks to the museum staff, our ceremony was a rousing success!
The Washington State History Museum went above and beyond for our wedding ceremony! Our needs were relatively simple: a Read more...
The Washington State History Museum went above and beyond for our wedding ceremony! Our needs were relatively simple: a microphone and sound system, a podium, and an archway. All were set up and ready well before anyone from the wedding party arrived at the venue. Any time someone needed a museum representative, they were prompt and met our needs quickly. We were given access to our dressing rooms with more than enough time to dress and prepare for pre-ceremony photos. Thanks to the museum staff, our ceremony was a rousing success! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Helpful, wonderful people and a beautiful venue!!! I highly recommend.
Helpful, wonderful people and a beautiful venue!!! I highly recommend.
Helpful, wonderful people and a beautiful venue!!! I highly recommend. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I has my wedding and it was amazing. They went above and beyond for me. Dave was very helpful and made sure everything ran smoothly. He made me feel at ease.
I has my wedding and it was amazing. They went above and beyond for me. Dave was very helpful and made sure everything ran Read more...
I has my wedding and it was amazing. They went above and beyond for me. Dave was very helpful and made sure everything ran smoothly. He made me feel at ease. Read less
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Washington State History Museum responded with the following comments:

We are so glad we could be part of your special day!
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Mickyla
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
They go above and beyond with their service. They provide tables and chairs, a PA system, and have a catering kitchen with an ice machine. They are flexible, I came in several times before with a couple hours warning, to test looks and decor- they always helped in anyway they could. They helped every step of the way. I would recommend the Washington State History Museum to anyone looking to have a perfect day!
They go above and beyond with their service. They provide tables and chairs, a PA system, and have a catering kitchen with Read more...
They go above and beyond with their service. They provide tables and chairs, a PA system, and have a catering kitchen with an ice machine. They are flexible, I came in several times before with a couple hours warning, to test looks and decor- they always helped in anyway they could. They helped every step of the way. I would recommend the Washington State History Museum to anyone looking to have a perfect day! Read less
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Washington State History Museum responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your kind words, Mickyla! We were so happy to be part of your wedding day. Congratulations, and thanks for choosing to work with us!
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Sun Ho
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
The venue was very nice and the staff was friendly and super helpful.
The venue was very nice and the staff was friendly and super helpful.
The venue was very nice and the staff was friendly and super helpful. Read less
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Washington State History Museum responded with the following comments:

We are so glad we were part of the special day!
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summerskincare
Wedding:
10/6/2007
5.0/5.0
We really enjoyed our experience with the staff of the history museum. They were very helpful in creating the perfect space for our wedding. They were also very flexible with us because we had some unique requests. Overall we had a beautiful and unforgettable wedding a the Washington State history Museum. I would recommend looking into it because it was a great value for the money.
We really enjoyed our experience with the staff of the history museum. They were very helpful in creating the perfect Read more...
We really enjoyed our experience with the staff of the history museum. They were very helpful in creating the perfect space for our wedding. They were also very flexible with us because we had some unique requests. Overall we had a beautiful and unforgettable wedding a the Washington State history Museum. I would recommend looking into it because it was a great value for the money. Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
7/28/2012
4.6/5.0
Loved loved loved this venue! The rental fee was very reasonable and workiing with Mark and Gary, the two event coordinators, was a dream! They are helpful, creative, attentive to detail, and professional. They helped me through the entire process and we mainly communicated by email. They were busy, I was busy, but I rarely had trouble getting hold of them. They set up all the tables and chairs and all the tables and chairs come with the venue. That alone was a huge plus for us. We rented tablecloths and decorated using the vases and candle holders that they keep in storage at the venue. We even used the museum's vases at the church during the wedding ceremony! The vases and candle holders all are free for you to use and they have a room full of them.
The only negative was the security guards we had on the night of the reception. Two of them were pushy, authoritative and way to cop-like for a relaxed wedding crowd that is there to have a good time. They managed to piss off quite a few of my family members and create unnecessary drama on the day of. Be sure to get certified bartenders and bring a copy of your banquet permit in case the museum loses yours. The two security guards we had over-reacted to a couple of things and yelled at my bartenders and some of my family members for no reason. After speaking to Mark about this, he comped the parking fees. All in all a wonderful venue and Jaime the security guard who works Sunday and Monday is awesome! I wish all security guards were like him! Got tons of compliments on the venue. People enjoyed the two hours of free exhibit time that comes with the venue rental. Would use the place again in a heart beat as long as I have certified bartenders (mine weren't because I didn't know they needed to be).
Loved loved loved this venue! The rental fee was very reasonable and workiing with Mark and Gary, the two event Read more...
Loved loved loved this venue! The rental fee was very reasonable and workiing with Mark and Gary, the two event coordinators, was a dream! They are helpful, creative, attentive to detail, and professional. They helped me through the entire process and we mainly communicated by email. They were busy, I was busy, but I rarely had trouble getting hold of them. They set up all the tables and chairs and all the tables and chairs come with the venue. That alone was a huge plus for us. We rented tablecloths and decorated using the vases and candle holders that they keep in storage at the venue. We even used the museum's vases at the church during the wedding ceremony! The vases and candle holders all are free for you to use and they have a room full of them.
The only negative was the security guards we had on the night of the reception. Two of them were pushy, authoritative and way to cop-like for a relaxed wedding crowd that is there to have a good time. They managed to piss off quite a few of my family members and create unnecessary drama on the day of. Be sure to get certified bartenders and bring a copy of your banquet permit in case the museum loses yours. The two security guards we had over-reacted to a couple of things and yelled at my bartenders and some of my family members for no reason. After speaking to Mark about this, he comped the parking fees. All in all a wonderful venue and Jaime the security guard who works Sunday and Monday is awesome! I wish all security guards were like him! Got tons of compliments on the venue. People enjoyed the two hours of free exhibit time that comes with the venue rental. Would use the place again in a heart beat as long as I have certified bartenders (mine weren't because I didn't know they needed to be). Read less
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