Model Train Festival

Dec. 21-Jan. 1, Featuring Activities for the Entire Family

December 21, 2018 10:00 AM

Join us for the 23rd Annual Model Train Festival! 
December 21 through January 1, 2018

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History and holiday magic unite at the Washington State History Museum during the Annual Model Train Festival in December. Bring your family, friends, and the railroad enthusiasts in your life to see this showcase of the most spectacular and detailed model railroad scenes in the Pacific Northwest! Don't miss the largest permanent model train layout in Washington. 

Santa Claus will be available for FREE pictures with you and your family on December 21, 22 and 23 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The pictures will be instantly e-mailed to an address of your choosing, so bring the kids and let the magical holiday memories commence.

Sunday, December 23 is Teen Tix day! Show your Teen Tix card and get in for just $5.00.

Please note, the Washington State History Museum is closed December 24 and December 25.

New this year: 

Drive the Freight Train Simulator!


Member Appreciation Night
Friday, December 21, 5:30-8:30 PM
FREE for WSHS members!

Washington State Historical Society is excited to show our appreciation for our members with a special festive evening. Members can have the run of the museum on the first night of the annual Model Train Festival! Join us for delicious treats and fun and be ready for special surprises, too.

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Find out more about membership here. It's a great deal! Family membership is just $75.00, roughly the cost of two visits to the museum. Membership gets you into the Model Train Festival and amazing exhibitions all year long for FREE, 10% off in our terrific new gift shop and our cafe, discounts at other local stores and restaurants, and our quarterly history magazine, COLUMBIA delivered to your home. Sign up today!

More train fun in the Great Hall and the Activity Room.

See featured railroad artifacts in the Great Hall of Washington History duirng your visit. Learn how the railroad industry influenced the growth and development of Washington State and see train-related artifacts from days gone by.

Be sure to pick up a free, collectible Model Train Festival button and museum map at the admissions counter (while supplies last). 

Parents and grandparents, need a break? Bring your children to the Activity Room and let them explore, create, build (and destroy) their own train creations with LEGOs, Lincoln Logs and more. Play with toy train sets and other kid-friendly activities. The 2018 Activity Room is sponsored by South Sound Magazine.


Child with Legos