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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!
Toys;museum;history;antiques;collectibles;
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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Schedule
 • Thu 2/22/18 - 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
 • Thu 2/22/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 2/23/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 2/24/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 2/25/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 2/27/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 2/28/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 3/1/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 3/2/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 3/3/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 3/4/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 3/6/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 3/7/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 3/8/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 3/9/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 3/10/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 3/11/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 3/13/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 3/14/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 3/15/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 3/16/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 3/17/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 3/18/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 3/20/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 3/21/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 3/22/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 3/23/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 3/24/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 3/25/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 3/27/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 3/28/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 3/29/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 3/30/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 3/31/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 4/1/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 4/3/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 4/4/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 4/5/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 4/6/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 4/7/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 4/8/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 4/10/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 4/11/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 4/12/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 4/13/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 4/14/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 4/15/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Tue 4/17/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Wed 4/18/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Thu 4/19/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Fri 4/20/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sat 4/21/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • Sun 4/22/18 at 10am-5pm 
 • 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: Press Play 21+

Community Event, Fair/Festival, Food/Tasting, Gaming, Living History, Social Event
The 2018 History After Hours series kicks off with fun and games for ages 21+. Enjoy the new exhibition Toytopia while games take over the entire museum for the evening! Ever dream of being Tom Hanks in the movie Big? This is your chance to ask Zoltar for your fortune and play Chopsticks on a giant floor piano! Think you can make it all the way to Oregon without dying of dysentery? Play the original Oregon Trail video game on the museum’s giant theater screen and test your skills! You’ll get your fill of board and video games galore while revisiting a number of toys from your childhood. All this fun is complemented with tasty beer from our partners at Three Magnets Brewing Company. Got kids? We’ve got you covered! Children’s Museum of Tacoma (CMT) will host Parents’ Night Out while we host Press Play. CMT provides a safe and exciting atmosphere for your littles and is just a short walk away from the History Museum. Cost: $40 first child, $20 each additional sibling. CMT Members receive a 10% discount. Parent’s Night Out at CMT is appropriate for children 3-10 years old. All children must be able to use the toilet independently. Registration is required so sign up early, spots fill quickly! Visit CMT’s website for details: www.playtacoma.org.
21+;beer;three magnets brewing;toys;toytopia;BIG;oregon trail;video games;board games
Event Info: (253) 272-3500
Ages: 21+
Price: $20 Pre-register; $25 at the door; or $60 for all 4 History After Hours events
Event Website: www.washingtonhistory.org
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Schedule
 • Thu 2/22/18 at 7pm-10pm