Address: 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia, WA 98501


Hours: Monday–Saturday: 10 am-5 pm daily

Admission: General admission (ages 18 months-64 years): $14.95; seniors (65+): $12.95; military/first responder/foster family: $12.95; babies (0-17 months): free. Free for members.

Free/Discounted Days: First Friday Nights, 5 pm-9 pm: first two guests are free, each additional $2.

Museum Café: Play Day Café. See hours and menu at

Reciprocal Memberships: Yes! Visit to find out more.

Get Social: Facebook and Twitter: @HandsOnMuseum

Why Kids ♥ It

150-plus interactive exhibits including the new Megan D vintage schooner, Emergency!, Ballcano water exhibit, the art studio and MakeSpace. Plus, there’s a half-acre of outdoor space to explore featuring Lighthouse Lookout, Trike Loop, Children’s Garden, Mud Kitchen and more! Don’t miss special event dates during spring and winter break weeks such as Summer Splash! Festival, Boo Bash, Noon Year’s Eve Party, and Ice Adventures.

Why Parents ♥ It

Washington’s award-winning museum sits on Olympia’s waterfront, adjacent to the WET Science Center and a plaza with a 250-foot interactive stream. Located near the Farmer’s Market, Percival Landing, and the downtown, this beautiful, clean facility features yummy fresh food in the café.


Celebrate the Holidays

Romp through 150+ exciting exhibits, meet Nutcracker ballet dancers and special guests, make a hand-crafted gift, design a nature wreath, tinker in the MakeSpace, and join the Noon Year’s Eve Party Countdown, December 31.

Ice Adventures

Watch a master ice carver, melt an ice block to see what’s inside, meet costumed ice princesses, see Dr. Science’s liquid-nitrogen demos, explore a black light ice cave, and skate in your socks. January 18-20, 2020

Board the New Megan D

Set sail for adventure on the Megan D. Kids can climb the 6-foot rope ladder to the top deck, take the helm, captain the ship, and explore the crow’s nest on a real wooden vessel. Open all year!

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