Our Story

Our story began in 1964 when members of the American Association of University Women started a "history club," asking the community to share their photographs and memories of early Gig Harbor. Shortly after, the Peninsula Historical Society was officially formed. After countless volunteer hours, and the dedication of community members, the Harbor History Museum became a reality.

Since its inception, the museum has been housed in five different locations. In 1997, the board of directors decided to launch a campaign to build a permanent facility to exhibit and house the collection. Thirteen years later, we opened our doors to this beautiful waterfront facility. It was not an easy journey, and it is far form over. Opening our doors was just the beginning. Now it is up to everyone—staff, volunteers, trustees, and visitors—to bring the peninsula's rich heritage to life.

Today, the Harbor History Museum strives not only to preserve, collect, and share the rich history of the Gig Harbor Peninsula but also serve as a gathering space for the community. 

Check out our Blog

The Harbor History Museum produces a blog thanks to a wonderful volunteer! Learn about Gig Harbor's history and catch a sneak peak from our archives all from your computer or smartphone! To check out our blog please visit http://www.harborhistorymuseum.blogspot.com/

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Mailing Address

Harbor History Museum
PO Box 447
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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