Events & Programs
See all upcoming events in theExplore 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 email@example.com.
Write253 Pop Up Print Shop at Washington State History Museum
Have you ever seen a hand-operated printing press in action? You can do just that at the Washington State History Museum’s Write253 Pop Up Print Shop on select dates through April 2020. You’ll even get a chance to operate a small press in the shop and make a print to take home.
A printmaker will be on hand in the Write 253 Pop Up Print Shop to facilitate visitors in working a press to make a small free print of their own. The artwork will be set up ahead of time, and different themes will be featured on different pop up dates.
Next Pop Up dates - See how the presses operate and make a small print yourself to take home (free)!
- Third Thursday, December 19, 3:00-8:00 PM during the museum's free Third Thursday hours.
- December 21, 5:00-7:30 for Member Appreciation Night. Make a special train-themed print! (This is a members-only event.)
Limited edition prints will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to support Write253's literacy programs.
Saturday, December 7, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
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Do you know someone who would enjoy gaining volunteer experience at the History Museum? Please let them know our next volunteer orientation will be offered on Saturday, December 7 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Guests will learn about what positions are available, the benefits of volunteering, and can ask questions to determine if they and the museum's opportunities are a good match.
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This two-hour orientation is required for all prospective volunteers and will cover:
- Volunteer opportunities available at the museum
- Training on positive volunteer interactions with museum visitors
- Overview of museum policies (dress code, scheduling, etc.).
Eligibility: Individual volunteers must be 13 or older. We also have a "junior historian" volunteer option available for children ages 8-12. This is a team effort: The child volunteers along with their adult (18+) relative/guardian. Both child and adult must attend required training, and the adult volunteer must be present at all times with the child volunteer.
Family Saturday: Washington's Sweet History
Saturday, December 14, 1:00-3:00 PM
Included with admission
24th Annual Model Train Festival
December 20, 2019-January 1, 2020, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, closed Dec. 24 and 25, open Jan. 1
Included with admission, FREE for members
Note: Discounts and library passes are not valid during Model Train Festival
CLOSED December 24 and 25. OPEN January 1.
Details at www.ModelTrainFestival.org.
Special Member Appreciation Night at Model Train Festival
Saturday, December 21, 5:00-7:30 PM
FREE, Members Only
Last year was so fun, we decided to do it again! The crowds of the day go home at 5:00 but the trains will still be running for our members. Come and enjoy an evening of special access to the Model Train Festival! Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, sweet holiday treats and warm beverages.
Santa will visit for photos from 5:30-7:30 PM. Take part in hands-on activities for the whole family, and other holiday surprises!
Members, watch your mailbox for an invitation in the coming weeks.
January 16, 2020
Free admission 3:00-8:00 PM
Scholarly Selections 6:30
Join us for a Scholoarly Selections presentation about The Skansie Shipbuilding Company. The Skansie family settled in Gig Harbor and became renowned shipbuilders, producing over two-hundred wooden vessels known for their quality and craftsmanship. The Skansies not only made their mark on maritime history but represent how immigrants turned patriotic citizens contributed to the Pacific Northwest. In this talk Nathan Patrick, UWT History B.A., 2019, presents his original research on the local Skansie Shipbuilding Company. Scholarly Selections is a partnership with the University of Washington Tacoma.
Additional programming on this Third Thursday will relate to the exhibitrion Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.
Image: The Wollochet was a diesel ferry built in 1925 by the Skansie Brothers in Gig Harbor. Washington State Historical Society Catalog ID Number: 19126.96.36.199.GL
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, January 20, 2020
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Join us in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with performances presented by Tacoma Arts Live and activities throughout the day. See the exhibition Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. and learn about other African American men who have changed culture and history in our nation. Admission is free all day long. Check back for schedule and details!
History After Hours: Shipwrecks!
Thursday, February 13, 7:00-10:00 PM
Members $20, non-members in advance $25 or $30 at the door
Ahoy! Do all things lost at sea pique your interest? Hear dramatic shipwreck stories and learn about searches, recoveries and discoveries in the Pacific Northwest. Explore the exhibition Unforgiving Waters: Shipwrecks of the Pacific Northwest. Hear tales presented by organizations from the maritime community. Games, activities and beverages aplenty.
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!