Model Train Festival rolls into Washington State History Museum station


TACOMA… Ornate iron horses and detailed diesel engines return to the Washington State History Museum Saturday, Dec. 17, as the Model Train Festival kicks off its 21st year.

“This year we’ll be featuring the railroad areas of the Great Hall of Washington History,” said Erich Ebel, the society’s marketing and communications director. “Not only will visitors be treated to dozens of tiny trains and intricate model railroad layouts, but they can also learn about how the railroad industry influenced the growth and development of Washington and see train-related artifacts from days gone by.”

This year’s festival, hosted by the Washington State Historical Society at its museum in Tacoma, will feature even more model train layouts than in years past. Visitors can marvel at the intricate model train layouts, listen to stories about model railroading and learn more about the part railroads played in our state’s history. Children can visit the activity room on the second floor to play with toy trains or explore, create and build their own Lego train creations. 

On Dec. 21, 22 and 23, visitors can have pictures taken with Santa between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The free photos will be e-mailed to them, compliments of the Washington State Historical Society. Model Train Festival runs through Jan. 1, 2017. The museum will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Dec. 24, 25). 

Hours and Pricing:

  • During Model Train Festival, the Washington State History Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day when it will be closed.
  • Admission for Historical Society members is always FREE
  • Adults (Age 18 and over) are $12
  • Seniors (Age 60 and over) are $8
  • Students (Ages 6-17 years) are $8
  • Active and former military personnel (with ID or proof of service) are $8
  • Children (Ages 5 and under) are FREE
  • Washington Quest EBT Card admission is $1/person and $2/family (must show card)
For more information, visit The Washington State History Museum is located at 1911 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma.