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Harbor History Museum Mercantile Open for Business

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After a year of planning and weeks of work, Harbor History Museum is pleased to announce that the redesigned Museum Gift Store, now the Museum Mercantile, will have its Grand Opening on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. As always, Harbor History Museum members get a 10% discount, but for the Grand Opening all shoppers can spin the Mercantile Wheel to win up to 20% off their entire purchase. Just want to browse? Great, looky-loos are welcome, too! Designed as an ode to the old mercantile and corner groceries that once dotted the Gig Harbor peninsula, the Museum Mercantile melds old and new. Specialty items based on the museum collection are available as are locally sourced useful items such as soap, seeds, and stationary.

About Harbor History Museum: Harbor History Museum creates opportunities to experience the heritage of the greater Gig Harbor communities by collecting, preserving, and sharing the rich history of the area. Our vision is to be the cornerstone that provides a gathering place and a sense of identity for our community. Founded in 1964, the Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society dba Harbor History Museum opened its new facility in 2010. The museum campus includes an 1893 fully restored one-room school house; a 65-foot fishing vessel currently under restoration; 7,000 square feet of exhibition space; and a 900-square foot library, research and meeting room. The Museum provides a variety of public education programs. Our core educational program is the Pioneer School Experience (PSE), which
serves over 1,400 students every year. Led by a trained “School Marm,” the children experience a pioneer school classroom complete with lessons, recitations, music, recess, and lunch. Our permanent exhibit features professionally designed exhibitions, larger-than-life experiences, and opportunities for hands-on exploration of our region’s rich history and unique heritage. Artifacts, video kiosks, hands-on exhibits, computer interactives, and a small theater bring Peninsula history to life in our permanent galleries. In addition, the Museum provides 3-5 special exhibits throughout the year so there is always something new to see and experience for our members and visitors.

WINTER HOURS (November – March) – Wednesdays–Fridays 10 am–5 pm, Saturdays 10 am–4 pm.
SUMMER HOURS (April – October) – Wednesdays–Fridays 10 am–5 pm, Saturdays 10 am–4 pm.
ADMISSION – Complimentary Admission for all visitors courtesy of the City of Gig Harbor.
CONTACT – 253-858-6722,,