Events & Programs
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IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Festival & Market
Saturday, August 13, 2016
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Held each year in August, IN THE SPIRIT: Contemporary Native Arts Market and Festival encompasses a day of dancing, drumming, singing, and shopping with a diverse group of Native American artists. The festival is the final celebration of the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Exhibit held annually at the History Museum, during which we will present the People's Choice Award. The Museum will be filled with vendors selling exquisite artwork in all price ranges. Round out your festival experience by catching performances of native singers, musicians, and dance groups throughout the day. The History Museum and all festival activities are FREE and open to the public.
Summer Book Club
Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest
The Washington State History Museum is hosting a summer book club! Read Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest during the summer and join us at the museum for a discussion of the book with author and science reporter for the Seattle Times, Sandi Doughton on August 25 at 6pm.
Washington Trivia Night!
at the Swiss Restaurant and Pub, 1904 Jefferson Ave.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Our ultimate Washington trivia night is back! We're teaming up with the City of Tacoma Historic Preservation Department and the Tacoma Historical Society to test your knowledge in this epic pub trivia with prizes for the winners!
MUSEO - A Gallery Game for the Whole Family
Wednesday through Sunday
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!
Hunting for Treasures in the Great Hall
Tuesday through 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.
Family Camp: Gold Rush!
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
There's gold in them hills! Thousands of gold-seekers passed through Washington while chasing the promise of Alaskan gold. Stop by the museum to hear the real story behind the Klondike Gold Rush and try some fun activities, including panning for gold! All ages welcome.
Family Camp: Ring of Fire!
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Curious to learn more about the volcanoes of Washington? Join us as we investigate these massive mountains with hands-on volcano activities for visitors of all ages.
Family Day - Roots of Wisdom. Native Knowledge. Shared Science Exhibit Opening
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Come try hands-on activities, watch live demonstrations, and get the first look at our newest exhibit, Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science. The exhibit explores how traditional knowledge is joining forces with cutting-edge science and technology to tackle some of the biggest health and environmental issues facing our planet.
Gallery Talks are your opportunity to meet exhibit curators and learn little-known information about our exhibits or get a behind-the-scenes perspective.
"The Centralia Massacre"
Friday, July 1, 2016
Exactly one year after the end of World War I, an Armistice Day parade in Centralia erupted in gunfire. 24 hours of chaos ensued and when the dust settled six people had been killed. Join WSHS Marketing Director and historian Erich Ebel as he dives into the history of this tragic event with artifacts in the Great Hall.
"IN THE SPIRIT: Contemporary Native Arts"
Friday, August 5, 2016
Lynette Miller, Head of Collections and panel judge for the annual IN THE SPIRIT: Contemporary Native Arts exhibit, discusses some of the incredible works of art featured in this year's exhibit.
"Riding the Rails"
Friday, September 2, 2016
Jumping trains during the Great Depression was a life of constant danger. Chased from one town to the next while looking for work, many hobos lost life and limb while traveling roads and rails. Come to this gallery talk with museum curator Gwen Whiting to hear more about those who rode the rails.
For more information, contact Dave Beals at 253-798-5879 or email@example.com.
“Beyond the Cutting Edge” with the Contemporary QuiltArt Association
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Members of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association talk about their works on display in the exhibit Cutting Edge – Art Quilts of Washington, and discuss the ever-evolving techniques of contemporary quilting.
“A Washingtonian's Incredible Story, Told through his Art” with Joseph Govednik
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
During WWII, Washington resident and acclaimed illustrator W.C. Johnson was captured and held in a Japanese POW camp. Amazingly, his captors realized his artistic talent and kept him supplied with colored pencils and paper to continue his work. Joseph Govednik, Museum Curator at Foss Waterway Seaport, tells Johnson’s story with actual art from his time in captivity and beyond.
“Daughter of the Stars: ZR-1 Comes to the Pacific Northwest” with Lee Corbin
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
In October of 1924, the US Navy’s ill-fated dirigible, USS Shenandoah, became the first rigid airship to fly across the United States. Departing from Lakehurst, New Jersey, the Shenandoah made it to Tacoma, Washington before turning around and heading back.
Join historian Lee Corbin as he uncovers the Shenandoah’s history, including some still visible remnants from its visit to Washington.
"Bringing Back the Fisher" with Zach Radmer and Dr. Jeff Lewis
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Fishers are a North American member of the weasel family, which includes otters, wolverines, and marten. These wide-ranging carnivores once roamed western Washington State, but by the mid-20th century they had been eliminated from our forests due to over-trapping and predator control campaigns.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarly Selections have concluded for the school year. Check back in the fall for more!
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!