Something to Celebrate!
We are so grateful to these organizations for honoring the museum:
- Best Museum in Thurston County, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
- Best Kid-Friendly Entertainment in Thurston County, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
- Best Museum, Best of Olympia 2017
FlipKey by TripAdvisor
- FlipKey by TripAdvisor announced in February 2016 that based on industry research and traveler feedback, Hands On was the no. 1 most loved and most talked about attraction in Washington State. The museum was honored as a Top Family Attraction Worth Traveling For in Washington for 2016.
Institute of Museum & Library Services
- In September 2015, the museum earned a significant Museums for America federal grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services to support its innovative Young Makers program for two years.
- The museum earned TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence in 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 based on its reviews on the travel site.
South Sound Magazine
- South Sound Magazine named Hands On the Best Kids Birthday Place in 2014 & 2017.
- The magazine honored the museum with four regional awards in 2015: Best Northwest Travel Destination, Best Kid-Friendly Destination, Best Museum and Best Kids Birthday Place.
King 5 & Evening Magazine
- In the annual contest hosted by King 5 and "Evening Magazine" in 2016, Hands On was in the top five for Best Kid-Friendly Fun and Best Outdoor Play Space.
In 2017, Hands on was nominated for Best Museum, Best Event - Summer Splash and received 1st place for Best Kid-Friendly Fun.
- The museum earned LEED GOLD for its sustainable building in late 2014 and it was the first children's museum in the Western United States to do so.
- The museum won the Noyce Foundation's Bright Lights Community Engagement Award in June 2014 for its efforts to bring art and science education to under-served and at-risk populations in its community.