State Capital Museum


This small museum is in the Spanish Colonial--style Lord Mansion, built in 1923 for a local banker and situated in a lovely residential district just a few blocks south of the Capitol Campus. On a tour of the permanent exhibits you can learn how Olympia was selected as the capital and follow the community's architectural development. You can also see a Salish tribal home filled with items crafted by local tribal members. There are also changing exhibits on the second floor. Be sure to save time for the Delbert McBride Ethnobotanical Garden, with its selection of native flowers, shrubs, and trees used by indigenous peoples for food, tools, and medicine. The admission fee is nominal, so you'll have plenty left over to spend in the first-floor gift shop.


211 S.W. 21st Ave.
Olympia, WA 98501


47.02988800, -122.90236700
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(360) 753-2580

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