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Washington State History Museum


address  1911 Pacific Ave.
 Tacoma, WA  98402
phone (253) 272-3500
hours Tue.-Wed., Fri.-Sun. 10 am-5pm; Thu. 10 am-8pm
general adm Included in admission
www.wshs.org/

Upcoming Events

PlayDates: Toys from the WSHS Collection

Antiques, Children, Community Event, For the Family, Gaming, Living History
While the ways in which children play has changed over time, toys are and have always been an important part of the lives of Washingtonians. PlayDates celebrates some of the most popular toys in America through a look into the collections of the Washington State Historical Society. Decades of fun are represented through playsets, games, and things that "go." See toys in the context of turn-of-the-century decorative arts as you step Into a historic re-creation of a children's nursery, too. Bring your imagination and enjoy the show!
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Event Info: (253) 272-3500
Ages: all ages welcome
Price: $14 Adult, $11 Seniors/youth/student/military (with ID), children 0-5 free, WSHS Members aways free
Event Website: www.washingtonhistory.org
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 • Mon 4/23/18 - Sun 7/15/18 at 10am-5pm 

Toytopia

Children, Computers/Technology, Education, For the Family, Gaming, Living History
What was your favorite childhood toy? A jump rope, a board game, or Space Invaders? Or was it an Easy Bake Oven or a Slinky? You’re sure to find your favorite toys in Toytopia, opening February 16 and running through June 10, 2018. This exhibition is huge, both in terms of layout and contents. The museum’s expansive fifth floor galleries will become a magical land of big toys where you can play all day with the world’s largest Etch A Sketch, a life-size doll house, a human-scale Monopoly car, and much more.
toys;games;dolls;vintage;retro;play;kids
Event Info: (253) 272-3500
Ages: All ages welcome
Price: $14 Adults, $11 Seniors, military (with ID), youth/students, ages 0-5 free. Admission for Historical Society Members is always free
Event Website: www.washingtonhistory.org/visit/wshm/exhibits/toytopia/
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Schedule
 • Tue 4/24/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 4/25/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 4/26/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 4/27/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 4/28/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 4/29/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 5/1/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 5/2/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 5/3/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 5/4/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 5/5/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 5/6/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 5/8/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 5/9/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 5/10/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 5/11/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 5/12/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 5/13/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 5/15/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 5/16/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 5/17/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 5/18/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 5/19/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 5/20/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 5/22/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 5/23/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 5/24/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 5/25/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 5/26/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 5/27/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 5/29/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 5/30/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 5/31/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 6/1/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 6/2/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 6/3/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 6/5/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 6/6/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 6/7/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 6/8/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 6/9/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 6/10/18 at 10am-5pm 

History After Hours: Bigfoot Night

Animals, Community Event, Education, Green/Environmental, Living History, Magic, Nature, Social Event
History After Hours: Bigfoot Night, Thursday, May 10, 7:00–10:00 PM, Washington State History Museum. This is an ages 21+ event. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Immerse yourself in the lore of Washington’s most famous cryptid. Jump into field research stations, hands-on crafts, specialty Bigfoot beer by Three Magnets Brewing Co., a musical performance by Butterfly Launches from Spar Pole, and other activities. Curious to know more about the legendary creature? Dr. Robert Michael Pyle and David George Gordon will answer your burning Bigfoot questions and showcase some intriguing clues. This is your one-stop shop for all things Bigfoot. And fun. This event is sponsored in part by Propel.
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Event Info: (253) 272-3500
Ages: 21+
Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Event Website: www.washingtonhistory.org
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 • Thu 5/10/18 at 7pm-10pm 

Tacoma Day of Remembrance

Community Event, Ethnic, For the Family, Living History, Holiday, Politics, Social Event
Thursday, May 17, 4:00–7:00 PM, Washington State History Museum. Free (Third Thursday: free admission 3:00-8:00 PM). On May 17 and 18 in 1942, over 800 people of Japanese ancestry were forcibly relocated out of Tacoma and into internment camps. Join us for a day of programming and activities to commemorate this event, the lives it impacted, and its legacy in Tacoma.
Internment;museum;event;Japanese history;remembrance;Tacoma
Event Info: (253) 272-3500
Ages: All Ages Welcome
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: www.washingtonhistory.org
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 • Thu 5/17/18 at 5:30pm-7pm 

Scholarly Selections "Asian Immigrant Labor Activism in the Northwest"

Community Event, Education, Ethnic, For the Family, Living History, Politics, Talks/Lectures
Scholarly Selections: “Asian Immigrant Labor Activism in the Northwest,” Thursday, May 17, 5:30-7:00 PM, Washington State History Museum. Free (Third Thursday: free admission 3:00-8:00 PM). In the early twentieth century, Asian immigrants who settled in Seattle and other parts of Washington State became labor leaders in the Pacific Northwest. They sought to secure labor and civil rights for employees from the canneries in Alaska to the farms in eastern Washington. Dr. Stephanie Hinnershitz will discuss how their actions brought about lasting change in labor relations and shaped civil rights activism in the region.
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Event Info: (253) 272-3500
Ages: All Ages Welcome
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: www.washingtonhistory.org
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 • Thu 5/17/18 at 5:30pm-7pm 

Press PLAY: Family Edition

Antiques, Children, Computers/Technology, Education, For the Family, Gaming, Living History, Social Event
Sunday, May 20, Noon–5:00 PM, Washington State History Museum. The History Museum is presenting a kid-scaled version of February’s History After Hours: Press PLAY event. Younger visitors and those who missed Press PLAY the first time will love this special experience! Explore TOYTOPIA and play all the best games from decades past, including Oregon Trail (yes, the original one). Bummed you missed out on the pet rock craze? Fear not, you can make your own. We’ll be joined by the Children’s Museum of Tacoma and all the fun toy activities you can handle. Free for Washington State Historical Society members. Buy one/get one admission for Children’s Museum of Tacoma members. Non-members, included with museum admission: $14 adult, $11 student (ages 6-17), free for ages 5 and under.
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Event Info: (253) 272-3500
Ages: All Ages Welcome
Price: Free for Washington State Historical Society members. Buy one/get one admission for Children’s Museum of Tacoma members. Non-members, included with museum admission: $14 adult, $11 student (ages 6-17), free for ages 5 and under.
Event Website: www.washingtonhistory.org
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 • Sun 5/20/18 at 12pm-5pm 

INTHE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Awards Ceremony

Art Show, Art Talk, Ceramics/Pottery, Design, Folk Art/Crafts, Gallery, Drawings/Works on Paper, History/Science, Installations, Jewelry/Gems, Mixed Media, Museum, Multimedia, Painting, Photography, Prints, Sculpture, Textiles
Now in its 13th year, the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts exhibition has become a beloved tradition in the summer season at the Washington State History Museum. Join us in celebrating this year’s artists and award winners at this afternoon ceremony (arrive early to peruse the exhibition!).
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Event Info: (253) 272-3500
Ages: All ages welcome!
Price: Awards Ceremony is free for Washington State Historical Society members; non-members, included with museum admission: $14 adult, $11 student (ages 6-17), free for ages 5 and under.
Event Website: www.washingtonhitory.org
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 • Sun 7/1/18 at 3pm-4:30pm 

Brain Boosting Summer Camps - Museum Mania - Go Behind the Scenes

Children, Community Event, Education, For the Family, Living History, Social Event, Summer Camp
Do you have kiddos who need enriching summer activities? Take a look at the History Museum’s exciting week-long summer camps, scheduled during July. Avoid the summer brain-drain and have fun both inside and outside of the museum. There are just 30 spots in each camp, so don’t wait to sign up. All the details are on the Historical Society’s website, including member discounts. Visit www.WashingtonHistory.org/summercamps to register.
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Event Info: (253) 272-3500
Ages: ages 8-11
Price: $265 per-week for museum members- $295 per-week for non-members
Event Website: www.washingtonhistory.org/summercamps
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 • Mon 7/9/18 - Fri 7/13/18 at 9am-5pm 

Brain Boosting Summer Camps - Washington Explorers

Summer Camp, Social Event, Children, Education, Community Event, Living History
Do you have kiddos who need enriching summer activities? Take a look at the History Museum’s exciting week-long summer camps, scheduled during July. Avoid the summer brain-drain and have fun both inside and outside of the museum. There are just 30 spots in each camp, so don’t wait to sign up. All the details are on the Historical Society’s website, including member discounts.
summer camp;kids;museum;education;history
Event Info: (253) 272-3500
Ages: 8-11
Price: $265 per week for members; $295 per week for non-members
Event Website: www.washingtonhistory.org
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 • Mon 7/16/18 - Fri 7/20/18 at 9am-5pm 

Brain Boosting Summer Camps - Washington's History Mysteries

Children, Community Event, Education, For the Family, Living History, Social Event, Summer Camp
Do you have kiddos who need enriching summer activities? Take a look at the History Museum’s exciting week-long summer camps, scheduled during July. Avoid the summer brain-drain and have fun both inside and outside of the museum. There are just 30 spots in each camp, so don’t wait to sign up. All the details are on the Historical Society’s website, including member discounts.
Children;kids;summer camp;history;museums;education;enrichment;activities
Event Info: (253) 272-3500
Ages: 8-11
Price: $265 perweek for memebers; $295 per week for non-members
Event Website: www.washingtonhistory.org
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Schedule
 • Mon 7/23/18 - Fri 7/27/18 at 9am-5pm