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See all upcoming events in the Explore It! quarterly newsletter.
Unless otherwise noted, 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


Scholarly Selections: How Does Conflict Shape Cuisine? Let them Eat Kolache!
History MuseumScholarly Selections
Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:30 p.m. FREE

Join UWT Faculty Leighann Chaffee as she investigates the complex relationship between war and food as exemplified by the Czech Republic. Chaffee will examine hunger as a cause and effect of conflict to illuminate principles in food security and post-conflict changes in cuisine.


A Revolution You Can Dance To: Discussion with Evergreen Alumni
History MuseumA Revolution You Can Dance To
Saturday, April 22, 2017
2:00 p.m.

The Washington State History Museum and the Evergreen Alumni department have partnered to present a program in conjunction with the exhibit A Revolution You Can Dance To.This moderated discussion will cover festivals, music, art, and Olympia in its full artistic glory. For more information on the panelists, click here. To reserve tickets for the PROGRAM ONLY, click here.

Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy
History MuseumReflections on JFK
Thursday, May 11, 2017
7:00 p.m.

With May 2017 marking what would have been John F. Kennedy's 100th birthday, historian and journalist Dean Owen presents a retrospective of JFK's life and legacy, and explores the impact of Kennedy's visits to Washington State during his political career.

Scholarly Selections: Sexism in Olympic Coverage
History MuseumScholarly Selections: Sexism in Olympic Coverage
Thursday, May 18, 2017
6:30 p.m. FREE

The politics of gender, race, class, and nationality often get played out on athletes’ bodies. Join UWT Lecturer Dr. Deborah A. Macey as she examines how the Olympic Games provide a venue for study of these issues. This presentation will take a brief historical look at the politics of gender, race, and class in representations of Olympic athletes, focusing particularly on female athletes from the Rio Games.

IN THE SPIRIT: Contemporary Native Arts public opening
History MuseumIn the Spirit public opening
Thursday, June 15, 2017
6:30 p.m. FREE

Be among the first to experience this year's IN THE SPIRIT: Contemporary Native Arts exhibit. Come see the pieces, meet the artists, and see a carving demonstration by three artists featured in the exhibit.

An African American Odyssey
History MuseumAn African American Odyssey
Saturday, June 17, 2017
2:00 p.m. 

Northwest Tap Connection returns to the History Museum with another stunning performance. "An African American Odyssey" interprets the economic, social, political, artistic, and racial imprints that have cultivated the black experience in American culture. 

Using music, dance, and spoken word, this performance tells the rich story of African American history for audiences of all ages.

History Happy Hour: Tacoma
at the Swiss Restaurant & PubHistory Happy Hour: Tacoma
1904 Jefferson Ave.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
6:00 p.m. 

We're back again with the City of Tacoma's Historic Preservation Office and Tacoma Historical Society to bring you the most intriguing, exciting, and outright weird trivia about your city and state!

Test your knowledge and compete for prizes and the Washington trivia throne in this all-ages trivia night!



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