Events & Programs

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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: "The Story of the Catch-22 Bombers"
Thursday, February 16, 2017Scholarly Selections

Join author, curator, and UWT lecturer Stephanie Lile for a biographical journey back to World War II with the men of the Catch-22 Bomb Wing. Hear how Lile used images, diary entries, crowd sourcing, and scribbled notes to piece together their postwar lives and develop their stories into Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front, a traveling exhibit currently touring the country.

Susan B. Anthony's Birthday Party 
at the Historic Lord Mansion and Bigelow House MuseumSusan B. Anthony
Olympia, WA
Saturday, February 18, 2017
11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Doors open at 11:30am for exhibit viewing. Program begins at 12:30pm.

In 1871 Susan B. Anthony appeared before the Washington Territorial Legislature, advocating for women’s suffrage. Her efforts bore fruit in Washington in 1910 and nationally in 1920. Join us for a program in the Coach House with music collector Kevin Lynch speaking on the history of early popular songs inspired by the fight for women’s rights, with a display of lavishly illustrated sheet music. Then travel to the Bigelow House Museum for a special tour of this elegant pioneer home. Event includes a sing-a-long of early suffrage songs performed on the historic square grand piano in the parlor and refreshments featuring Mrs. Anthony’s favorite cake. Presented by the Women’s History Consortium and the Bigelow House Museum/Olympia Historical Society.



Full STEAM Ahead: A K-12 Educator Workshop
at LeMay-America's Car MuseumFull STEAM Ahead
Saturday, February 25, 2017
9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Tacoma’s Museum District brings you creative new ways to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics into your classroom. Educators from America’s Car Museum, Children’s Museum of TacomaFoss Waterway SeaportMuseum of GlassTacoma Art Museum and the Washington State History Museum provide engaging, hands-on workshops for both primary and secondary teachers.

Registration includes 5 clock hours, lunch, cross-curriculum lesson plans, parking, and admission to each museum. Click here to register.

How are you incorporating STEAM into your classroom? Do you have questions for the STEAM panelists? If so, share them on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #FullSTEAM17.



Music to My Beers
Wednesday, March 2, 2017Music to My Beers
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

To celebrate our two temporary exhibitions,A Revolution You Can Dance To: Indie Music in the Northwest andSteins, Vines & Grinds: Washington's Story of Beer, Wine, and Coffee, we're hosting an evening of beer tastings, music, and activities.

Three Magnets Brewing is creating multiple new craft brews inspired by music featured in A Revolution You Can Dance To, and exclusive tastings will be available at the event. Enjoy the beers, hear the songs that inspired them, see the exhibitions, and try out games and activities at the History Musuem!

This event is 21+ only. $15 admission for pre-registrations, or $20 at the door. 


Admission fee includes entrance to the exhibits and activities, five beer tastings, and a commemorative tasting glass.


History Happy Hour: Tacoma
at the Swiss Restaurant & Pub History Happy Hour: Tacoma
1904 Jefferson Ave.
Wednesday, March 15, 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!

History Happy Hour: Olympia
at Three Magnets History Happy Hour: Olympia
600 Franklin St. SE, #105
Wednesday, March 30, 2017
7:00 p.m. 

Join us at the Three Magnets taproom and eatery for a spirited sports-themed trivia contest. We are joined as always by our partners from the Washington State Archives. Come on down and bring your Washington sports trivia knowledge.


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