Gig Harbor is steeped in maritime history with boat building and commercial fishing playing a major role in the development of the area. But Gig Harbor was more - an agricultural center, logging and lumber area and Native American fishing grounds.
Throughout our region we cherish and preserve much of this history for our residents and our visitors to remember and enjoy!
14th Annual Juried Maritime Art Exhibit.- Last year’s exhibit had more than 100 paintings and photographs that lined the gallery walls - all representing the broad maritime theme. This year's entries will be judged by Seattle artist Kathy Collins. July 20 - August 25, 2013
"Rapid Process Technique” watercolor painting workshop with Kathy Collins, July 19, 10 am to 4 pm
Rug Boat Building for Kids...Saturday, August 3, 11 am to 2 pm, Free (does not include museum admission)
Plein Air Paint Out...Saturday, August 17, 9 am to 3 pm, Free (does not include museum admission)
Peninsula Art League’s 2013 Annual Juried Art Exhibition- For nearly three decades, the Peninsula Art League has supported and nurtured the area's diverse artistic community. Today, PAL's membership includes artists who work in every imaginable medium – painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, jewelry designers, calligraphers, glass and fiber artists – even writers. Many are professionals. For others, art is a soul-satisfying hobby. We also have patron members who don't create art themselves, but are dedicated art supporters and promoters. August 31, 2013 - October 5, 2013
In addition to the Harbor History Museum, the greater Gig Harbor Peninsula is home to other museums and historical sites listed here (in left column).
The museum offers 7,000 square feet of permanent galleries showcasing the rich, unique heritage of the Gig Harbor Peninsula. Unique artifacts, video kiosks, hands-on exhibits, computer interactives, and a small theater bring Peninsula history to life in our permanent galleries.
The Annelise and Warder Stoaks Permanent Gallery
The permanent exhibit showcases the rich, unique heritage of the Gig Harbor Peninsula through artifacts, photos, personal stories and hands-on interactives. Exhibits focus on south sound Native Americans, area settlers, water transportation, early industries, commercial fishing, the three Narrows Bridges, and the growth of the Peninsula.
The Jim and Carolyn Milgard Maritime Gallery
Our rich maritime and boat-building heritage is showcased by the 65-foot fishing vessel Shenandoah and the Thunderbird Hull #1 sailboat on display in the majestic Maritime Gallery. With active restoration of the Shenandoah taking place in public view, this gallery promises a new experience each time you visit.
The Rev. Charles F. Schreiner Showcase Gallery
Younger visitors can get their hands-on history fix in this fun, interactive gallery featuring a large magnetic mural and other activities aimed at children 10 and under.
This gallery presents the story of the Gig Harbor Peninsula's first residents - the Gig Harbor Band of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. The gallery features baskets and implements from the museum's collection.
Located on site, the 1893 Midway School celebrates early education on the Peninsula and serves as both an exhibit gallery and classroom for visiting school groups.