Driving Directions to WIMHRT

The Washington Institute is located on the campus of Western State Hospital in south Tacoma, Washington (near Steilacoom).

Map to Western State Hospital (pdf file)

Southbound Interstate 5, from Seattle/Tacoma:

  1. Take Exit #129 (S. 72nd St.& S. 84th St) staying in the right-hand lane.
  2. Turn RIGHT at the traffic signal at the top of the exit. You are now on S. 74th St.
    Continue on this street. After about 2 miles, the road becomes Custer Rd SW.
  3. Turn RIGHT at the intersection of Custer Rd SW and 88th St. SW (this is a free right turn); shortly, the road merges with Steilacoom Blvd. SW.
  4. Continue on Steilacoom Blvd. SW to the Western State Hospital Main Entrance (approximately 2 miles).
  5. Turn RIGHT at the traffic signal at the Main Hospital Entrance (across from Fort Steilacoom Park).
  6. The Washington Institute is located on the 3rd floor of Building 16. To find Building 16:
    • From the Main Hospital Entrance, take an immediate LEFT turn;
    • Turn RIGHT after the first parking lot on the right-hand side;
    • Drive through the short tunnel;
    • Building 16 stands behind the small parking lot on the RIGHT;
    • The entrance is on the northwest side of the building. The Washington Institute is located on the 3rd floor.

Northbound Interstate 5, from Olympia:

  1. Take Exit #119 from I-5 South (Fort Lewis South Gate).
  2. Turn LEFT (North) onto Clark Rd.
  3. At the second traffic signal, turn RIGHT onto Dupont-Steilacoom Rd for 4 miles.
  4. In the town of Steilacoom, turn RIGHT onto Rainier St, and follow it until it merges with Steilacoom Blvd SW.
  5. Once past Farwest Drive, the hospital campus is visible on the left hand side of the road.
  6. Turn LEFT at the traffic signal at the Main Hospital Entrance (across from Fort Steilacoom Park).
  7. The Washington Institute is located on the 3rd floor of Building 16. To find Building 16:
    • From the Main Hospital Entrance, take an immediate LEFT turn;
    • Turn RIGHT after the first parking lot on the right-hand side;
    • Drive through the short tunnel;
    • Building 16 stands behind the small parking lot on the RIGHT;
    • The entrance is on the northwest side of the building. The Washington Institute is located on the 3rd floor.