Events & Programs

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See all upcoming events in the Explore 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

As of 5:00 PM March 12, 2020, Washington State History Museum is temporarily closed to the public in response to the COVID-19 virus. Staff are available and you may reach out via email or phone. We look forward to engaging with our communities again soon. Please check back for updates. 

Write253 Pop Up Print Shop at Washington State History Museum  Pop Up Print Shop calendar image

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. 

Keep an eye out for upcoming dates. Limited edition prints will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to support Write253's literacy programs. 


Edits for Women - WikithonWiki Edit-a-thon image
Saturday, March 21, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Join us for a day-long public event to edit the Washington State Women's Suffrage Movement page on Wikipedia. Wikimedian expert support, refreshments and research materials provided. Free and registration is required, bring your own laptop.

Register here!

5th Annual South Sound Day of Remembrance and gallery opening
Sunday, May 17, 2020, 3:00 PM
Washington State History Museum
FREE for members or included with the cost of admission

As a result of Executive Order 9066, over 700 people of Japanese ancestry in the South Puget Sound were directed to report to Tacoma’s Union Station on May 17 and 18, 1942, for the forced removal from their communities to federally constructed concentration camps. 

Washington State Historical Society will commemorate the 2020 South Sound Day of Remembrance with the opening of the History Museum’s newest gallery in the Great Hall of History. The new gallery is the culmination of more than a year of planning and community outreach, and through tracing the histories of people of Japanese heritage in our region, it explains the impacts of EO 9066 on Washington State. 

At 3:00 PM guests can join in a procession to Union Station to remember the many families who boarded trains destined for concentrations camps.


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