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See all upcoming events in the Explore It! quarterly newsletter. 
Unless noted otherwise, programs are included with museum admission, or FREE to WSHS Members. For more information, contact Molly Wilmoth at 253-798-5926 or   

History Trivia Happy Hour - Tacoma trivia night
Wednesday, September 19, 6:00-8:00 PM
at The Swiss Restaurant & Pub,
1904 Jefferson Avenue, Tacoma, WA
All ages welcome!

Test your Tacoma and Washington State trivia knowledge with the Washington State Historical Society, City of Tacoma Historic Preservation Office, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, and
Tacoma Historical Society. Facts, festivity and prizes aplenty!

Cold Frame Seed Box Making Workshop 
Third Thursday September 20, 6:00-8:00 PM 

Washington State History Museum 
Cost: $15

What is a cold frame? A bottomless box with transparent lid that helps your seed starts and veggies grow further into the cold season. 

Join us at the History Museum with special guests from Earthwise Architectural Salvage and fashion a cold frame of your own using a vintage window pane. All materials and instruction will be provided. Make a beautiful addition to your garden or patio! 

Space is limited, register now to ensure your spot:

2018 Historical Society Awards Luncheon
September 22, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

Cost: $30.00

It is because of support from members and donors that the Society can collect, preserve and share the priceless evidence of our past. You are our partners exploring how history connects us across the state of Washington. So please join us for your 2018 Historical Society Awards Luncheon.

Honoring the WWI Centennial, this year’s program will feature a pop-up exhibition. See historic photos of notes that Washington soldiers carved into quarries in France; find out more about what happened on the home front and the legacy of WWI in our state. Hear from guest speaker David J. Jepsen, co-author of Contested Boundaries: A New Pacific Northwest History. Enjoy a delicious light lunch while we present the annual History Awards to the notable honorees. Find out about the state of your Historical Society from Director Jennifer Kilmer.

$30 each, click here to purchase your tickets.

For more information please contact Lianna Shepherd at or call (253)798-5899.

Educator Night at the Museum Educator Night
FREE for educators

Thursday, October 4, 5:30-8:00 PM

See what nearly 50 Pierce County organizations have to offer this academic year for you and your students. Bring your own bag and walk away with incredible resources and contact information for all of the standards-based content offered.  

Did we mention there will be light bites and drinks, and even raffle prizes?  Educators can register online at:  Contact or 253.798.5926 for more information.


A Gallery Game for the Whole Family

Designed for four to eight players, MUSEO is a Bingo-style game of discovery in the Great Hall of Washington History. Ask for a packet at the information desk and let the sleuthing begin.

More for Kids

Treasure Hunting

In the Great Hall

Ever seen a gold nugget, a plutonium core, or an ox yoke? Keen-eyed young visitors are encouraged to pick up a treasure hunter’s challenge at the information desk and explore the Great Hall’s not-so-hidden treasures of Washington pictured there. A fun, self-directed activity for everyone.

More about the Great Hall

Model Railroad Operators' Hours

FIRST SATURDAY of every month
11 AM - 4PM

The Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers (PSMRE), the all-volunteer organization that operates the History Museum's permanent model railroad exhibit, holds a special Operators' Hours event on the first Saturday of every month. Operators' Hours is an opportunity to watch the masters at work and ask questions of the model railroad experts!

Model Train Festival