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Address: 540 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368-5725
Phone Number:
+1 360-385-1003
11:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Jefferson Museum of Art & History is located in Port Townsend's...

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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A Nice Surprise!

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... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2017
Port Townsend, Washington
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Port Townsend, Washington
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 a bit about Port Townsend that we didn't know! A fun visit to the jail... More 

Thank laurenlovesfrance1
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186 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
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 early shipping secrets (you can get a real good understanding of where the term "being... More 

1 Thank abearfellow
Vancouver, WA
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48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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

Thank Golfinfools
Victoria, Canada
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44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately we left this one until late in the afternoon. We could have spent a good half day there. There was an amazing antique quilt display there which we really enjoyed. The building is great. The staff is friendly. The displays are great! The jail is just like they say it is -- creepy! Admission price was extremely reasonable.

Thank Jay B
West Palm Beach, Florida
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1,139 reviews
535 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 874 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

The building is a fabulous example of great 1880s architecture. The museum requires a small entrance fee and is enjoyable to visit at one's own pace--no docent or tour. The old jail is down the stairs and has interesting information about how men and women were incarcerated. Much good historical information to take in. There's a nice little gift shop... More 

1 Thank DoloresJacoby
New Mexico
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121 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016

An incredible overview of the history of Port Townsend. Make sure to watch the introductory video. Highly recommended,

Thank HausSitter
Port Hadlock, Washington, United States
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Live history tour! The best part is the museum admission is included in the price of the walking tour.$10 for adults $5 for children *maybe I can't find my receipt. Our guide was very knowledgeable about local history. She is able to customize the tour to the guests that attend (all while wearing a beautiful Victorian dress hat and gloves... More 

Thank Beccab4
Roseburg, Oregon
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119 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

As others have said in their reviews, this museum has a lot of local history. The first stop is a video, with some interesting information regarding the area and the people. This is one of three small museums run by the local historical society. A lot of information regarding the local industries and resources that made Port Townsend famous and... More 

Thank craig t
Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

spend the 10 minutes to see the movie- this town is intact as it was 100 years ago and interesting to see early movies of when it had 12000 people -

Thank tedsamuelson
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016

Interesting History of the house and town area in the museum. Old Buildings in town, good shops and cafe's, Ferry point to Whidbey Island

Thank evdg2014

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