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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  


Washington Sports Trivia Night
Black Star Pub & GrillWashington Sports Trivia
158 100th St. S, Tacoma, WA
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
7:00 PM 

To celebrate Washington sports history and the History Museum's exhibit Glasnost & Goodwill: Citizen Diplomacy in the Northwest, we're partnering with the Shanaman Sports Museum to bring you the most intriguing, exciting, and peculiar history of sports in our state.

Bring a team or play on your own for prizes and bragging rights.



22nd Annual Model Train Festival
Friday, December 22, 2017 - Monday, January 1, 2018Model Train Festival
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25
Pictures with Santa 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Dec. 22 and Dec. 23

This enchanting event is a wintertime favorite at the History Museum. Treat your family and friends to a journey in miniature as you wander among tiny trains and intricate model railroad layouts throughout the museum. Learn about how railroads influenced the growth and development of Washington and see train-related artifacts from the region's past. Visit the activity room to play with toy trains or build your own Lego train creations. The free Santa photos will be emailed, compliments of the Washington State Historical Society.

Press PLAY
Thursday, February 22, 2018
7:00 PMHistory After Hours Logo
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 one of our giant theater screens!
Grab a pint or two from Three Magnets Brewing Co. with your ticket. It's the perfect 21+ game night!
Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and includes two drink tickets.
Get your tickets here!
Love these 21+ events? Buy an event package and receive a special discounted rate to all four of our 2018 History After Hours programs! At $60 for all four, you save $20!*
  • 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
*No refunds if you can't make it, but feel free to share a ticket to an event you can't attend with a friend!
Get your 2018 History After Hours package tickets here!
Piroshky Fest
Saturday, December 2Piroshky Fest
12:00 PM
Free with Museum Admission
Piroshky $5 each or 3 for $12
Piroshky Fest is here! Join us for a day filled with fun cultural experiences related to our Glasnost & Goodwill exhibition. There will be both savory and sweet piroshky for purchase from the one and only Seattle based Piroshky Piroshky in Pike Place Market as well as Uzbek dance and holiday crafts! 

The fun and festivities are included with admission (free for members!) with piroshky selling at $5 each or 3 for $12!

Bring the whole family, and maybe even take a few piroshky to go!

Crafts 12-4pm
Piroshky service 12:30-3:30pm
Uzbek dance 1pm and 2pm
Storytelling 12pm and 3pm


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