I would venture that less then 10% of long time Tacoma residents even know that this place exists. This is privately funded, so unlike most government supported museums isn't constantly promoting themselves and seeking donations. They don't even ask you to pay an admission to enter. What a concept -- a museum anxious to share their collection with anyone interested. The private collection, the largest in the world, is all historical documents and letters amassed by a private collector. Part is on permanent display, the balance rotates between five other similar museums elsewhere in the country. The quality of the collection is impressive. This is not a hands-on, activity oriented venue. It is a museum in the traditional sense, so would be of limited interest to small children. A visit should take no more then an hour as it is not a huge place. The location is across from Wrights Park making for a nice outing. It has never been busy on my past visits and could qualify as the areas most unknown and under appreciated attractions.
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