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Hands On Children's Museum

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Address: 414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501-1124
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+1 360-956-0818
11:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Mon 11:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Interactive exhibits teach children through activities.

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Great family fun

Wonderful things to do with the family!! Everyone will enjoy everything that there is to do at the museum!! Always a fun time and great thing to do on a rainy day!!

Reviewed 6 days ago
Olympia, Washington
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Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful things to do with the family!! Everyone will enjoy everything that there is to do at the museum!! Always a fun time and great thing to do on a rainy day!!

Thank coronabets
Olympia, Washington
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

I love taking my grandchildren to this museum! There is so much to do! Children can engage in activities that mimic real life situations in a safe environment. We go here often--rainy days are awesome times to visit and when the sun is out the outdoor spaces are great!

Thank TravelerWa62
Tacoma, Washington
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549 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Open every day til 5pm, $13 for entry. Additional hours for members. I remember back in the day when this museum was housed in a small space next to the capitol. Now it is a large, lovely building on the waterfront in Olympia. While most of the activities are aimed at children baby through 10, this museum actually has events... More 

Thank jay s
San Diego, California
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82 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Fun, Fun, Fun for children and adults of all ages. You won't be sorry, only that it will take multiple visits to enjoy all the hands-on learning experiences and games. Your kids and grandchildren will love you for it.

Thank tfobmtz
Olympia, Washington
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69 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Well done, super-fun interactive museum for the smalker kids. So many fun, interactive exhibits. Also a wading stream out front fir the hot summer days and an excellent outdoor play area.

Thank Wendy B
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7 reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017

My granddaughter & I thoroughly enjoyed a full day at the Museum. There are so many activities, motivational toys & games to explore & enjoy. No time for boredom.

Thank Pat L
Olympia, Washington
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017

An amazing amount of hands on activities. Our grandson loves it. The water displays are intriguing. There are two floors to explore.

Thank dalongi1234
Bremerton, Washington
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16 reviews
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

The kids enjoyed their selves. So much to do and have hands on experience with different things. I thought it would just be a museum with just a lot of reading and explaining to kids which it wasn't. A lot fun, games, and different experiences. I would go again.

Thank Denarius B
HandsOnOlympia, Manager at Hands On Children's Museum, responded to this review

Greetings, Denarius! Thank you so much for your review! We always work to ensure that each of your visits is a 5-star experience. If you have any feedback for us that could improve your experience, please email us at communications@hocm.org. We hope to see you again soon at Hands On! More 

Windsor Mill, MD
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35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

This has improved tremendously. A lot of activities going on including camp. There is a bit to do outside and somewhere to feed the little ones and yourself. Great way to spend the day with the kids.

Thank Shamoon A
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

There is much to see and do at this newish venue in downtown Olympia so plan to bring your lunch and spend most of the day if you are coming with children. Everything from a working town where you can be the shopkeeper or the shopgoer to trying on firefighter gear, building a tiny boat to float the rapids to... More 

Thank jjenson

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