Updated March, 2017
It’s museum Monday, and today I’m delighted to tell you about the Job Carr Log Cabin Museum, a true treasure in the heart of Old Town Tacoma. Kiddos too young or busy for museum going? Old Town has plenty to make it a playdate worthy stop anyway. The museum is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, so read about it now, and make a date with a friend for later in the week.
First, you want to pronounce Job like Jobe, the same as the Biblical figure. Job was the first permanent, non-native settler in Tacoma, and if you go to Old Town Park you can see a perfect replica of his log cabin. I’ve been to similar museums before, but I’ve never seen one with such attention to detail. Museum volunteers went all out to make sure that you would feel like you had stepped back in time. There are carrots and potatoes ready to be cooked in cast irons over the fire; there are period toys on the shelves, and even a chamber pot next to the bed (check out the mattress made of knotted ropes-hence the phrase “sleep tight”)!
When kids come in they’re invited to search for the mouse that is hiding from Job’s cat. How cute is that? There is also a flannel board where they can arrange native critters and a couple games they can try (carefully).
Director Mary says the cabin sees a mix of visitors. Many are area families combining a trip to the playground with a peek at the cabin. Others are children on field trips from public and private schools, as well as home school groups. You can schedule your own field trip by asking for the program director, Kathy, at 253 627 5405
Because this is a cabin, it’s not huge, and your visit will be a short one. I think an interested grade schooler could spend as much as 45 minutes here. My 5 year old had exhausted the fun, and the grown-ups, in about 20 10 minutes.
Seems too short for a trip? Wait! There’s more! After your little ones play in the canoe outside the cabin, you can head to the recently rennovated playground. Sadly, the kid friendly Tully’s is no more, but you can still stroll down to The Spar, which has tasty fish and chips and a shelf of books and toys. Afterwards, walk down the hill to the Ruston waterfront, where there is always heaps for kids to do and look at (do hold little hands tightly as you cross the street and tracks). Walk down to the dock to see if anyone is fishing, or scramble down to the beach and throw some rocks in the water.
You’ll want to come back to the Job Carr Museum December 6th for a free community tree lighting event. Last year there were refreshments and free pictures with Santa for the first 150 guests.