For our Summer School history lessons (because, yes, we do summer school here…it’s fun!), we are going through Washington State History. I actually started reading this book on my own a few months ago, and realized within a few pages that the kids had to read this book. It is just crazy good writing, informative and very funny to read.
This is not your normal history book.
“Sons of the Profits; The Seattle Story 1851-1901, or There’s No Business Like Grow Business Hardcover – 1972″ (amazon link)
We are in the middle of Chapter 2 right now, which took forever to get to. The chapters are like, 30 pages long and chock full of information, and the kids are taking notes and working on a huge butcher paper timeline during the note taking…so it’s a process.
However, we had to go to the Washington State History Museum yesterday because the museum has free admission on the third Thursday of every month from 2pm-8pm…and if you think I can pass up free admission, you are sorely mistaken.
It wasn’t too far away, even after Google Maps had me drive in a few circles around Port Orchard for no reason. We got there a little early, so we were able to do a little walkin’ and explorin’ before we headed inside. And we found The Glass Bridge, which was really cool and there were a lot of incredible glass pieces displayed on the bridge…
However, I was kinda looking forward to walking on a glass bridge. Like, in Frozen. Yes, yes, I know that is low brow and a little shallow and I should be grateful for the art experience provided to us…
Still a little bummed 😦
So, it was finally 2pm and we got to go into the museum! W007!
This place is so much bigger than I expected. There are 3 gigantic floors packed with an insane amount of displays and interactive exhibits. Normally I don’t get too excited about history museums, because they are usually just a bunch of old framed pictures on the wall…but this place had it goin’ on!
We learned about Washington pioneering, trading, salmon fishing, electrical systems, dam building, aeronautics, the railway, ship building, craftsmanship, logging, mining, agriculture and Native American culture.
And that’s just the half of it…honestly. Did you know we have some Stonehenge replica somewhere in the south of the state? Yeah. I had no idea, and we need to find that thing.
We also got to go into a mine shaft and learn about the dangers of mines. Glenn can tell you exactly how 39 men died between 1909-1910…and then we found a dead guy!! Huge highlight for our day.
I was just blown away with how well done, interesting, interactive, relevant and informative this museum was. It helped the kids learn more about the history of our state in ways that made more sense than just reading about it in a book, and they talked about the entire museum all the way home.
Finding this museum was a score, and we are definitely coming back again.