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Today is a great day to become a member. 

Free museum admission is a terrific benefit! What will you see in the coming months?  

  • Love fashion and history? So do we. Little Black Dress: A Fashion Evolution is on view through Dec. 5, and includes 37 black dresses spanning over 150 years, along with accessories and works of art drawn from our collections. Visit and find out how "forms followed norms." 

  • Our museum is the only place on the West Coast currently scheduled to show Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.  from the Smithsonian Institution. Immerse yourself in the inspiring stories of significant African American men, both known and unknown heroes, who stand as icons on our country's historical landscape. See incredible original works of art created by artists of color. On view Dec. 21, 2019 through March 8, 2020.

  • The 24th Model Train Festival! The most magical time of the year at the History Museum, Dec. 20-Jan. 1. Detailed model train layouts throughout the building, Santa, an activity room, and more await you. Drive the freight train simulator too!

  • Unforgiving Waters: Shipwrecks of the Pacific Northwest opens in January, Votes for Women: 100 Years and Counting opens in April, and Upward Bound: Mountaineering in the Pacific Northwest opens next September!  

     

Already a member? To renew, simply click the "Become a Member" button at the top of the page. Thank you!

Your story is Washington’s story. Connect your history and celebrate your part in our state by becoming a member of the Washington State Historical Society today!

Join others who, like you, are passionate about our state's dynamic people and places. Enjoy unlimited free admission to the History Museum, get our award-winning quarterly journal COLUMBIA delivered to your mailbox, join us for exclusive member events, and more! Our admission rates have increased but membership rates have stayed the same, offering you an even greater value.

Basic Membership Levels Include:

  • Unlimited FREE admission to the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma
  • Subscription to our popular and award-winning quarterly COLUMBIA Magazine and EXPLORE IT! newsletter
  • Exclusive invitations to exhibit previews and members-only receptions
  • Free admission at the Northwest Museum of Art & Culture in Spokane and the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton, Oregon
  • Discounts at downtown Tacoma retailers. See available discounts.
  • Benefits at more than 200 institutions across the country through the Time Travelers program. Visit www.timetravelers.mohistory.org for more information.

Membership Levels

Individual…………$50

  • Senior…………… $45
  • Student/Teacher  $45

This level includes all basic benefits listed above for one adult.

Dual………………$60

  • Seniors …………..$50

This level includes all basic benefits listed above for two adults.

Family ………… $75

  • All benefits above for 2 adults plus:
  • Unlimited free admission for all family members under 18 years of age.
  • 2 one time use guest passes

Sustaining Level…………$150

All basic benefits, plus

  • Unlimited admission for 4 adults and all family members under age 18.
  • 4 single use guest passes
  • 2 Member for a day passes to give to friends or family
  • Recognition in COLUMBIA magazine
  • Gift for upgrading to this level (renewals only)

Benefactor Level ……..……………… $250

All benefits listed in previous levels, plus:

  • A gift membership at the Family level to give to a family member or a friend! 

 

Heritage Circle Memberships

Patron Level…………………………………$500

Includes all of the benefits listed above, plus:

  • Two(2) single-use parking passes to the History Museum
  • 25% off facility rentals at the History Museum

Curator’s Club……………………………..$1000

Includes all of the benefits listed above, plus:

  • Exclusive Curator led tours of our exhibits
  • Behind the scenes access to our vast collections

Director’s Club……………………………...$2500

Includes all of the benefits listed above, plus:

  • An annual collectible gift
  • A private lunch with Director Jennifer Kilmer (by appointment)

Chairman’s Club………………………………$5000

Includes all of the benefits listed above, plus:

  • A framed print, highlighting an image from our archives
  • A complimentary catered, after-hours reception at the History Museum for up to 50 people

 

Other Membership Options

Non Profit………………………………………….$150                         Sign Up
Free, unlimited admission for up to 15 guests to the History Museum in Tacoma (Does not include any other benefits.)

Subscriber…………………………………………..$35             Subscribe Now

One-year Subscription to COLUMBIA magazine (Does not include any other benefits).

Questions about membership? Contact Julia White, Membership and Annual Fund Coordinator, at 253-798-5894 or julia.white@wshs.wa.gov. Or call toll-free 1-800-BE-THERE ext. 5894.

 

Connect your Washington story. Become a member today!