Harbor History Museum

In Gig Harbor, Washington, the Harbor History Museum is a regional maritime and history museum. It features exhibits on regional culture and history, as well as the Midway Schoolhouse, a one-room schoolhouse built in 1893 and relocated to the museum grounds in 2009.

In Gig Harbor, Washington, the Harbor History Museum is a regional maritime and history museum. It features exhibits on regional culture and history, as well as the Midway Schoolhouse, a one-room schoolhouse built in 1893 and relocated to the museum grounds in 2009. The museum received the Washington Museum Association’s annual Project Excellence Award for its ongoing living history program, Midway Pioneer School Experience, which takes grade-school students through a day in an early-twentieth-century classroom.

With a $1.5 million gift from a Gig Harbor family, the museum acquired its current 14,500-square-foot (1,350 m2)[3] location on downtown Gig Harbor’s Harborview Drive. In 2010, the museum opened there. The museum board announced in late 2014 that it would host more local cultural events, including monthly music concerts, in 2015.

The museum is restoring the Shenandoah, a wooden fishing boat that worked in the San Juan Islands from 1925 until it was donated to the museum by the vessel’s owner, Tony Janovich, in 2000.

History Rocks 2021, the Harbor History Museum’s annual fundraiser, will take place on September 18th. Join us in commemorating History Rocks’ 20th anniversary and a decade in our current location. (On September 18, 2010, the Harbor History Museum became the Historical Society’s permanent home.)

We’ll have silent and live auction items, food, and music by the legendary Jr. Cadillac of the Northwest! This is going to be a night to remember.

Early bird ticket sales begin today and will continue until July 31st. The cost of admission is $75 per person. Tickets are $100 per person after July 31st. Your tickets include food, two drinks, museum tours, and a sunset concert by Jr. Cadillac.

The Harbor History Museum’s mission is to provide opportunities for people to learn about and experience the history of the Gig Harbor area. We accomplish this by collecting, preserving, and sharing the region’s rich history. Our vision is to be the cornerstone for our community, providing a gathering place and a sense of identity.

Driving Directions

10 min (3.1 miles)
via Stinson Ave
Fastest route, the usual traffic

10 min (3.3 miles)
via Soundview Dr and Harborview Dr

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