Events & Programs
See all upcoming events in the Explore It! quarterly newsletter
These programs are included with admission to the History Museum or $5 for program-only admission. Free to WSHS Members. For more information, contact Dave Beals at 253-798-5879 or email@example.com.
"National Park Roads: An American Landscape Legacy"
Saturday, September 24, 2016
MUSEO - A Gallery Game for the Whole Family
Wednesday through Sunday
Designed for four to eight players, MUSEO is a Bingo-style game of discovery in the Great Hall. Ask for a packet at the admissions desk and let the sleuthing begin!
Hunting for Treasures in the Great Hall
Tuesday through Sunday
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.
Family Day - Roots of Wisdom. Native Knowledge. Shared Science Exhibit Opening
Saturday, September 17, 2016
The Washington State History Museum is teaming up with the Slater Museum of Natural History to celebrate the opening of the new exhibit Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science. Starting at 12 p.m., the family-friendly program will feature an introduction to scientific illustration for visitors of all ages, and a look into the history of artistic representation of animals in the Northwest.
Stick around after the program or stop by throughout the afternoon until 4 p.m. to examine some of the Slater Museum’s scientific specimens, try your hand at making natural dyes, and be the first to see the exciting and interactive Roots of Wisdom exhibit.
Gallery Talks are your opportunity to meet exhibit curators and learn little-known information about our exhibits or get a behind-the-scenes perspective
"Riding the Rails"
Friday, September 2, 2016
Jumping trains during the Great Depression was a life of constant danger. Chased from one town to the next while looking for work, many hobos lost life and limb while traveling roads and rails. Come to this gallery talk with museum curator Gwen Whiting to hear more about those who rode the rails.
“Daughter of the Stars: ZR-1 Comes to the Pacific Northwest” with Lee Corbin
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
In October of 1924, the US Navy’s ill-fated dirigible, USS Shenandoah, became the first rigid airship to fly across the United States. Departing from Lakehurst, New Jersey, the Shenandoah made it to Tacoma, Washington before turning around and heading back.
Join historian Lee Corbin as he uncovers the Shenandoah’s history, including some still visible remnants from its visit to Washington.
"Bringing Back the Fisher" with Zach Radmer and Dr. Jeff Lewis
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Fishers are a North American member of the weasel family, which includes otters, wolverines, and marten. These wide-ranging carnivores once roamed western Washington State, but by the mid-20th century they had been eliminated from our forests due to over-trapping and predator control campaigns.
"Forgotten Faces: Tacoma's Jewish Pioneers"
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Join us as Deb Freedman shares stories collected during research for her new book Tacoma's Dry Goods and Wet Goods: Nineteenth Century Jewish Pioneers. Prompted by the question, "Grandma, where did you get the pictures," Freedman's book presents the previously undocumented history of Tacoma's Jewish community during the latter half of the 1800s.
Scholarly Selections have concluded for the school year. Check back in the fall for more!
A Gallery Game for the Whole Family
TUESDAY – SUNDAY
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.
In the Great Hall
AVAILABLE TUESDAY – SUNDAY
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.
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!