Just the Ticket
Apr 2 - Aug 22 2021
Hop aboard for a journey through the history of railroad travel in Washington State! This exhibition of rail travel posters, schedules, tickets, and train-related objects provides a glimpse of how and why passengers traveled. Visit the History Museum for this new exhibition, and while you're here, see the state's largest model train layout on public view, too!
May 29 - Dec 10 2021
This exhibit highlights historical narratives of transgender people in the West and considers how westward migration provided opportunities for self-expression and fulfillment. Traversing unfamiliar territory, these individuals crossed both physical boundaries and the perceptual boundaries of their earlier lives. Join us in learning more about the history of gender, identity, and changing cultural perceptions in the West and the connections between transgender history and the LGBTQ+ community today.
IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts 2021
Jul 15 - Aug 29 2021
IN THE SPIRIT is an annual celebration of diverse Native arts and culture. It includes a juried art exhibition at the Washington State History Museum with a wide range of selected works on view during July and August.
As Grandmother Taught
Jul 23 - Nov 28 2021
This exhibition from the NWMAC in Spokane celebrates three contemporary Columbia River Plateau women alongside historic objects and images from the NWMAC’s collection. The art of these cultures reflects traditional lifeways borne of a time-honored and interdependent relationship with the natural world. Women have been the primary makers of the functional forms necessary to everyday life.
Great Hall of Washington History
Our largest exhibit is a walk through time, showcasing some of the state’s earliest history and a variety of artifacts from Native American civilizations and cultures.
This new long-term gallery at Washington State History Museum explores the intergenerational impacts and legacy of the incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II as a result of Executive Order 9066. Many of the letters, photographs, ephemera, and objects on view were contributed by people in our community who were incarcerated, or are the descendants of those who were incarcerated.
Washington: My Home
This permanent exhibit explores migration and immigration through the experiences of diverse individuals who, over time, have come to live in Washington.
360 – opening September 16, 2021
Why is it called 360, you may wonder? That's the distance in miles from the eastern flatland to the western shore, measuring between the boundaries drawn when Washington became a state in 1889. From mountain and prairie to river and sea, relationships to place have sustained and drawn people here, while shaping the lives of those who have always called this land home.
Visit this page to view some of the many objects and stories featured in the Remembrance gallery at the Washington State History Museum.
IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market & Northwest Native Festival
Aug 7, 10:00am - 5:00pm
This well-loved annual festival will be held in person! Visit the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass free of charge, peruse vendors and talk with artists about their work.
Virtual K-12 Educator Workshop – POSTPONED
Aug 14, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Museum educators will present creative ways to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics into the classroom! Workshops for both primary and secondary teachers will provide lesson plans and supplementary materials.
FREE admission for active duty military and families
Every day through September 5, 2021
The Washington State History Museum is thanking active-duty military and their families for their service by offering FREE admission through September 5, 2021. Up to five family members can visit the History Museum admission-free, with designated ID; the active-duty family member does not need to be present.