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Hands On Children’s Museum

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Since its founding in 1987, Hands On has evolved from a fledgling "museum without walls" to the premier provider of hands-on science and art education in Southwest Washington. In 1998, the Museum moved from the tiny storefront facility to the State's Capitol Campus. After just three years in this location, Hands On hosted more visitors per square foot than any other children's Museum in the Northwest! Over the next 10 years, the Museum outgrew its space three times. The Museum recently received $9 million in Public Facility District funds, which was used to construct its new home, a permanent facility on Olympia's downtown waterfront.

The Hands On Children's Museum stimulates curiosity, creativity and learning through fun, interactive exhibits and programs for children, families and school groups. At Hands On, we believe that all children deserve respect and the opportunity to learn and that families are important as children's first teachers and as their partners in learning. Our programs and participatory exhibits are designed specifically to encourage interaction and inquiry, as well as participation from the entire family. We believe that learning occurs in a variety of ways, and that experiential learning is essential for proper brain development. At Hands On, we know that communities are enriched when diverse groups work creatively together to educate our children. We actively partner with social service agencies, public schools, service clubs, public libraries, and other community organizations to bring interactive education to the community.

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Hours of Operation:
Mon10:00 AM5:00 PM
Tue10:00 AM5:00 PM
Wed10:00 AM5:00 PM
Thr10:00 AM5:00 PM
Fri10:00 AM5:00 PM
Sat10:00 AM5:00 PM
Sun11:00 AM5:00 PM
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