Fodor's Expert Review Jefferson County Historical Museum

Port Townsend Museum/Gallery

The 1892 City Hall building houses not only the museum but the basement cells of the old city jail, where author Jack London spent a night on his way to the Klondike in the summer of 1879. On the way downstairs, walk through the old courtroom and fire hall, which houses a maritime exhibit, horse-drawn Victorian hearse, and the original Haller Fountain. (A replica stands at the base of the stairs at Taylor and Washington streets.) Here you'll also find exhibits of Native American artifacts, vintage photos of the Olympic Peninsula, and displays chronicling Port Townsend's past. The upstairs chambers are still used for weekly city council meetings.

Museum/Gallery Government Building Information Center Jail

Quick Facts

540 Water St.
Port Townsend, Washington  98368, USA

360-385–1003

www.jchsmuseum.org

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $4, Mar.–Dec., daily 11–4; Jan. and Feb., weekends 11–4, $6, Closed weekdays Jan. and Feb.

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