Events & Programs
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 Dave Beals at 253-798-5879 or email@example.com.
Founder's Day Silent Auction and Reception and support Capitol Furnishings Preservation
February 20, 2018, 5:30-7:00 PM
at the historic 1909 Governor’s Mansion, on the west end of the Washington State Capitol Campus
Make your reservations by February 13, 2018, here. $40 suggested tax deductible donation.
Do you love a great before-and-after? So do we.
Formed in 1999, the Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee is dedicated to preserving and restoring the original historic furnishings of the Washington State Capitol for the enjoyment of future generations. A permanent Capitol Furnishings exhibit is located in the Lt. Governor’s office.
The Committee hosts an annual Founder’s Day Silent Auction and Reception in February to support restoration efforts. This is an event history lovers won't want to miss! Make your reservation for this evening of fun and fundraising today.
Recent projects include the restoration of the 6-foot 3-inch Moldenhauer Blüthner Grand Piano.The Blüthner piano was a prized possession of musicologist and Spokane musical legend, Dr. Hans Moldenhauer. In 1938, it made the trip with his young family from Germany to Moldenhauer's home in Spokane, where it resided for nearly 50 years. It was presented to the State of Washington by the Modenhauer estate in 1990 and placed in the State Reception Room of the State Capitol Building. This room is open to the public to see the handsomely restored piano in person. See before and after restoration photos and learn more about this spectacular piece here.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Enjoy our brand new exhibition Toytopia while games take over the entire museum! Live out your dreams as Tom Hanks in the movie BIG by asking Zoltar your fortune and playing Chopsticks on a giant floor piano, not to mention board and video games galore! Think you can make it all the way to Oregon without dying of dysentery? Try your skills on the original Oregon Trail video game on a big screen!
Members of the Historical Society and Children's Museum, join us in the exclusive Members Only Lounge in the 5th floor Board Room. The Members Only Lounge offers complimentary snacks, sweeping views of the city and a free collectable poster! Not a member? No problem! You can join at the event, or click here to join now.
Thank you to Showcase Magazine for their sponsorship; pick up a copy at the event! And our appreciation to Chateau Ste. Michelle for providing wine for the evening.
Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and includes two drink tickets.
Get your tickets here!
- February 22 - Press PLAY - Game night galore
- May 10 - Bigfoot Night - A sasquatch lover's perfect party
- October 25 - Ghost Museum - History and Halloween themed fun
- December 6 - CRAFT + BREWS - DIY crafts paired with craft beer
Get your 2018 History After Hours package tickets here!
March 21, 6:00 PM
The Swiss Restaurant & Pub
1904 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma
Test your Tacoma and Washington State trivia knowledge with the Washington State Historical Society, City of Tacoma Historic Preservation Office, and Tacoma Historical Society. Facts, fun, and prizes 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!