Events & Programs

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Download a list of WSHS events commemorating Washington's 125th Birthday and check the WA125 website for more information.

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Exhibit Openings


Pomp & Circumstance: The Clothing of Transformation

 Opens September 27. Watch for more details.

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Exhibit Programs

Into the Silence cover

Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest," by Wade Davis, is the topic of this reading and discussion by WSHM staff. describes this book as, "The definitive story of the British adventurers who survived the trenches of WWI and went on to risk their lives climbing Mount Everest."
September 18
Free Admission for Third Thursday 
Purchase a copy of Into the Silence in our Museum Store for $16.95.


 Gallery Talks (First Friday of Every Month at 3pm)

Little Ernest 1

Join curator and exhibit developer Stephanie Lile for an exploration of "objectologist" Ernest Oglby Punkweiler's enchanging world. This behind-the-scenes view reveals the secrets behind various objects found int eh Teapot Curiosity Shop.

September 5: Objectology 102

"Little Ernest" illustration by Mike Cressy




These programs are included with admission to the History Museum.


History Speaks (Second Wednesday of Every Month at 12pm)

  • September 10: "Camp Lewis in the Great War" with Alan Archambault
  • December 1: "Battle Ready: The National Coast Defense System and the Fortification of Puget Sound, 1894-1925" with David M. Hansen

These programs are included with admission to the History Museum. 



Washington 125Color logo revised for web

Print a copy of the latest program list for everything we are offering to celebrate Washington's 125th Anniversary.


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