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 Molly Wilmoth at 253-798-5926 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write253 Pop Up Print Shop at Washington State History Museum
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.
Next Pop Up dates - See how the presses operate and make a small print yourself to take home (free)!
- Third Thursday, January 16, 3:00-8:00 PM during the museum's free Third Thursday hours.
- January 20, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.
Limited edition prints will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to support Write253's literacy programs.
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, January 20, 2020
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
FREE museum admission
Join us in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other African American men who were inspired by King's legacy.
Admission to the museum and all activities is FREE, Monday, January 20, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.
- Don't miss the Tacoma Arts Live's Civil Rights Tour performances of Get on the Bus, at 1:30 and 3:30 PM. Seating is limited.
- Onyx Fine Arts Collective artists will teach about their unique styles and visitors can try their hand at making something of their own, from noon to 3:00 PM. Create something to take home!
- Explore the exhibition Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. and learn about dozens of African American men who have changed culture and history in our nation.
- Printmaking activity in the Write253 Pop Up Print Shop
Volunteer Orientation and Information Session
Saturday, February 1, 10:30-12:30 AM
History Pub at McMenamins Elks Temple
"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Principal's Office?" with Dr. Daudi Abe
Tuesday, February 4, doors at 5:30, program at 7:00 PM
FREE, all ages welcome
Latinx Labor and Immigrant Rights
Panel Discussion and Gallery Talk for In Washington’s Fields
February 11, 5:30–8:00 PM
Included with the cost of admission
FREE for members
History After Hours: Shipwrecks!
Thursday, February 13, 7:00-10:00 PM
Members $20, non-members in advance $25 or $30 at the door
Ahoy! Do all things lost at sea pique your interest? Hear dramatic shipwreck stories and learn about searches, recoveries and discoveries in the Pacific Northwest. Explore the exhibition Unforgiving Waters: Shipwrecks of the Pacific Northwest. Hear tales presented by organizations from the maritime community. Games, activities and beverages aplenty.
Buy your tickets here for Shipwrecks! today - or, be a thrifty sailor and save money by purchasing a History After Hours Season Package including tickets to all four of the special evening events for 2020 at a discount! Season packages make great gifts, too.
Get details about our 2020 History After Hours season here.
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!