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“Very informative docent and charming building.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jefferson Museum of Art & History

Jefferson Museum of Art & History
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Jefferson Museum of Art & History is the showcase for regional history and art with award winning exhibits. Maritime, Native American, Early Settlers, and noted artists are featured in multiple galleries. The museum is housed in Port Townsend's landmark 1892 City Hall which includes the original jail cells where Jack London spent a night.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Vancouver, Washington
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336 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Very informative docent and charming building.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013 via mobile

Don't expect a big city historical society museum and you won't be disappointed. I recommend you watch the 7 min video at the beginning of your visit. Interesting history of the town, including prostitution during its boom days. You can see it all in 45-60 mins if you look at everything. Be sure you go downstairs to the jail. The best part of the museum.

Visited August 2013
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Kansas City Missouri
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134 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Docent Mr.Stevens wealth of information”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013

Inexpensive with 2-3 attraction package price of only $6-9. Went to this museum and Rothschild home and lived them both. Combination of fact and fanciful exhibits. Jail...Sin City....City Development and history.

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Seattle, Washington
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Nice Museum, but small”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

Nice historic building with 9 minute historic video. Small old time jail is kind of cool as is the old fire dept. pieces. Some nautical and good historic photos and time line. Gift store not really pertinent to history displayed. Very limited hours and $4 admission.

Visited July 2013
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East Haven
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166 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Fun and Informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

Allow about one hour to two hours to fully explore this museum. Don't miss the old jail in the basement - creepy and grim.

Visited June 2013
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Tacoma, Washington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Step back into Jefferson County's history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2013

The curator at the museum was very friendly and helpful. He gave me a detailed map of the museum, suggesting sights to pay special attention to. One room contained a big screen tv which was showing a very interesting 10 minute program on the early development of Jefferson county. The museum is home to a fair amount of historical artifacts, including pictures, letters, and a historical timeline. In addition, they have a a taxi and a hearse which were drawn by horses and used in Port Townsend a hundred years ago. Both are in remarkable condition. The old jail is in the basement and there you will find dreary jail cells, the solitary confinment cell and shackles for the prisoners. This part, especially, is interesting for kids of all ages!

Visited June 2013
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