Schmidt House Tours

Take a guided tour of one of the most charming and historic houses in Tumwater, the family home of Olympia Brewing Company founder, Leopold Schmidt and his wife Johanna.

Historic photographs in each room will introduce you to the Schmidt families who lived in the house between 1904 and 1960, their brewery, and the Tumwater neighborhood. Find out why, when the house was built in 1904, the five older Schmidt sons lived in a house down the hill, why Leopold Schmidt added a large conference room on the house in 1910 and, why in the late 1950s, Clara Schmidt’s chauffer could park her pink Buick anywhere in downtown Olympia without getting a ticket.


Schmidt House, 2008.


Your Guide, Bob Crim

Visitors can walk through the four-story home hosted by Bob Crim, the home caretaker of over 60 years, as he shares his own personal stories of the Schmidt Family and the Olympia Brewing Company. You’ll learn about the early 20th century home of the Schmidt family, in a rare guided tour around the colonial-revival-style house.

All tours on Tuesday mornings at 11:00 AM. Doors open at 10:45 AM (please arrive 10 minutes before the tour starts.) Limit of 15 guest per tour. Free admission. 


There is no elevator in the house. Guests who do not wish to climb the stairs may wait in the parlor or take a self-guided tour of the Schmidt House’s beautiful grounds and gardens.

The Schmidt House is located at 330 Schmidt Place SW, Tumwater, WA 98501. For more information contact Don Trosper, the Public History & Development Manager at 360 786-8117 or

Special Group Tours available by arrangement (20 – 25 person limit)