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Events & Programs

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Family Programs

Hunting for Treasures in the Great Hall
Available Tuesday - Sunday during open hours

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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. 
 

MUSEO - A Gallery Game for the Whole Family
Available Wednesday - Sunday during open hours.

Designed for four to eight players, MUSEO is a Bingo-style game of discovery in the Great Hall. Ask for a packet at the admissions desk and let the sleuthing begin!

 
 

 

Exhibit Programs

 
 
 

"Washington in WWII" and "Long Arms of the American Soldier, 1776-present"WA in WWII

11am-4pm 
Special gallery presentation at 1pm

Saturday, September 5

History Museum
Included in Museum Admission
Free to WSHS Members 
 

Visit the museum to see two extensive and hands-on artifact collections. Military historian Peter Lahmann displays his collection of World War II equipment and uniforms and relates the artifacts to historical accounts from the war. Historian and curator at the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum, Joseph Govednik, will showcase a collection of American military rifles dating back to the Revolutionary War to chronicle the progression of military long arms throughout American history. At 1pm, Peter will also give a gallery talk giving further insight into the history and context of the WWII photos on display in American Soldier: A Photographic Tribute.

 
 
 
 

A New Deal for Washington's State Parks

 
6pmParks Curtis image
Thursday, September 17
History Museum
Included in Museum Admission
Free to WSHS Members
Ryan Karlson expands on the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission's exhibit, Washington State Parks Through the Lens of Asahel Curtis, currently on display in our Community Gallery, to highlight a unique chapter in Washington's Great Depression-era history. Explore how the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration work-relief programs rapidly transformed Washington's state park system into one of the most diverse in the nation.
Presented by Ryan Karlson, Interpretive Program Manager at Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
 
 
 For more information, contact Dave Beals at 253-798-5879 or dave.beals@wshs.wa.gov.
 

Gallery Talks (First Friday of Every Month at 3pm)

 

Gallery Talks are your opportunity to meet exhibit curators and learn little-known information about our exhibits or get a behind-the-scenes perspective.

 

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These programs are included with admission to the History Museum. Free to WSHS Members.

 

 

  For more information, contact Dave Beals at 253-798-5879 or dave.beals@wshs.wa.gov.
 
 

History Speaks (Last Tuesday of Every month at 12pm)

 

September 29: "Northwest-Born, Adventure-Raised: The Story of Eddie Bauer" with Colin Berg. Eddie Bauer
Learn how one man's passion for the outdoors became an international brand's identity, how outdoor adventure has fueled decades of product innovation at Eddie Bauer, and how the first down jacket patented in America set the stage for polar exploration, mountaineering expeditions, and archaeological discoveries. Colin Berg, company historian for Eddie Bauer, will explain all this and more with artifacts and photos from the company's collection.


These programs are included with admission to the History Museum. Free to WSHS Members.

 

For more information, contact Dave Beals at 253-798-5879 or dave.beals@wshs.wa.gov.

 

 

 

Museo

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.

More for Kids

Treasure Hunting

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.

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