Our mission is to create opportunities to experience the history of the Gig Harbor Peninsula. We do this by collecting, preserving and sharing its history.
Harbor History Museum Overview
The Harbor History Museum opened its doors September 18, 2010. It was the culmination of more than 10 years of dedicated work by the museum board of trustees, staff, and countless volunteers.
The idea of preserving the history of the Gig Harbor Peninsula was conceived in 1964. Members of the American Association of University Women started the “history club” and asked the community to share their photographs and memories of early Gig Harbor. Shortly after, the Peninsula Historical Society was officially formed.
In 1967 the museum was created to showcase the growing collection of artifacts and memorabilia that were being collected by the society. 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. That same year, the first paid staff member was hired to develop the exhibits, increase membership, and establish the capital campaign to build the permanent facility.
Thirteen years after the vote by the trustees to build the permanent home, we opened our doors to this beautiful waterfront facility. It was not an easy journey, and it is far from 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.