Annual Community Events

Engaging with our community is an important part of connecting people with the history of Washington state. So that we can better serve our community, we host several special events throughout the year. These include honoring our service men and women through Veterans Day as well as honoring the work of an American icon on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Our largest events are the History Hike, the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Market & Festival, and our annual Model Train Festival. All of our events, in combination with the wide variety of other public programs we provide during the year, invite the community to enjoy and learn more about Washington.

History Hike

June 28, 2015

An urban scavenger hunt to find historical trivia in downtown Tacoma. A great way for the family to actively engage with history.

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In The Spirit

Exhibit: July 16 - August 30, 2015

Festival: August 8, 2015

A sharing of Northwest Native American arts and culture. The festival features a vibrant arts market and tribal performers. Admission to the festival and the History Museum on festival day are free and open to the public.

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Model Train Festival

December 21 - January 1*

The sites and sounds of the world of model trains with displays filling the History Museum. See the wondrous layouts of miniature trains and hands on activities for families. Sponsored by Port of Tacoma and Tacoma Public Utilities.

*Closed December 24 & 25

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