I was surprised to read Steve McKnight's letter about the Washington State History Museum. I can only assume that he hasn't visited it.
I’m a fiercely proud Washington native. But I’m ashamed to admit that I only went to the Washington State History Museum for the first time recently.
I’ve been to many museums in the United States, Canada, Europe and Egypt. The Washington State History Museum in Tacoma blew me away. It is as good, or better, than any museum I’ve ever seen. The artifacts and presentations are as good as I’ve seen at the Smithsonian, the British Museum or the Louvre.
It has excellent depictions of Washington’s scientific history (geologic and biologic), but they also present our social history with dignity and unflinching honesty. I was especially impressed by the displays about Washington’s native Americans, Japanese Americans and women.
The Washington State History Museum is a precious gem. It presents and honors everything that we love about Washington state.
While we all appreciate our state’s financial situation, it would be a shame to de-fund this outstanding depiction of our state’s unique and colorful history.