History and Culture Weekend
History and art buffs will be in heaven in and around the Puget Sound, which acts as the cultural hub for the entire Pacific Northwest.
Learn about the exploding toilets, the seedy houses of ill repute, and the Great Fire at the lively Seattle Underground Tour. Once above ground again, check out the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park and the brick facades of historic Pioneer Square. Spend the evening enjoying a performance by the symphony at Benaroya Hall or the impressive Seattle Opera.
Learn the art and craft of glassblowing in the fiery hot Tacoma Glassblowing Studio. Then compare your handiwork with that of Tacoma’s master glass artist, Dale Chihuly, who has donated some of his most original work to the Tacoma Art Museum. Spend time exploring the museum’s other works, including a fantastic European collection featuring masters such as Degas, Renoir, and Pissarro.
Travel to Olympia to learn the ins and outs of Washington’s early years. Enjoy the pioneer and Native American artifacts at the Washington State Capitol Museum. While on campus, be sure to make time to admire the sculptures, paintings, and other artwork created by Northwest artists and housed inside the State Library. Finally, travel to the southern end of Capitol Lake to explore the Tumwater Historical District.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition