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Washington State History Museum

1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA

Phone:
1-(253)-272-3500

Website:
www.wshs.org/

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Featured Event

Collection Selections: Jacob Lawrence

Gallery

Jacob Lawrence, one of America’s most celebrated artists, moved to Seattle from New York in 1970. Shortly thereafter, in 1972, Lawrence was commissioned by the State Capital Museum to create a set of narrative paintings about the saga of pioneer George Bush, the first African American pioneer to settle in the Evergreen State. For preservation purposes, these paintings are rarely on view; join us in appreciating them in the gallery this fall.

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• Fri 10/19/18 - Sun 1/20/19 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Other Upcoming Events

Scholarly Selections What explains the acceptance (vs. the rejection) of scientific consensus on climate change? A study of 650 Florida Residents

Talks/Lectures

Join University of Washington Tacoma professor Rose Njorog in a conversation about public perceptions of climate change. In spite of the scientific consensus on climate change, survey findings show that the American public is polarized in its views. A study conducted among 650 Florida citizens in 2012 suggest that different factors (rather than political ideology) may explain this polarization. Learn more about how people arrive at their conclusions on this topic.

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• Thu 11/15/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Third Thursday

Community Event

Special exhibitions on view: Collections Selections: Jacob Lawrence, Two Centuries of Glass, Make/Do: A History of Creative Reuse (closing December 6!), and Sleight of Hand: Magic and Spiritualism in the Twentieth Century. Get in some holiday shopping at The Goods at the Museum, too. Third Thursday is generously supported by Columbia Bank.

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• Thu 11/15/18 at 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Creative Construction Challenge

Community Event

Families can work together to make something new and unusual at the History Museum's Creative Construction Challenge. Participants will receive a set of "themed ingredients" - hint: come early and take a look at the Makerspace in our exhibit Make/Do to get an idea of the materials you'll get to work with. Use your ingredients and your imagination to build a unique creation. You'll have one hour to work together to complete your design and then compete for prizes. Have fun and make memories together.   This family-friendly activity celebrates our exhibition Make/Do: A History of Creative Reuse. See 180 fantastical and practical objects and artifacts crafted through reuse, and learn about the history of reuse in Washington. On the fifth floor.

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• Sat 11/17/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

History After Hours: Craft + Brew

Community Event, Food/Tasting, Social Event

It’s a crafting and beer tasting bonanza. This is your last chance to see 180 really unusual items in the exhibition Make/Do: A History of Creative Reuse before it closes. Pair hands-on projects with specialty brews crafted by Washington breweries. Learn about each style of craft beer along with its historical significance to the area. You can even make your own wrapping paper to share your crafts as holiday gifts.

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• Thu 12/6/18 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Third Thursday

Community Event, Education

Special exhibitions on view: Collections Selections: Jacob Lawrence, Two Centuries of Glass, Sleight of Hand: Magic and Spiritualism in the Twentieth Century. Select unique gifts and complete your last-minute holiday shopping at The Goods at the Museum. Third Thursday is generously supported by Columbia Bank.

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• Thu 12/20/18 at 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM

23rd Annual Model Train Festival

Children, Community Event, Holiday, For the Family

History and holiday magic unite at the Washington State History Museum during the 23rd Annual Model Train Festival in December. Bring your family, friends, and the railroad enthusiasts in your life to see this showcase of the most spectacular and detailed model railroad scenes in the Pacific Northwest, including the largest permanent model train layout in Washington! New this year: find train related artifacts in the Great Hall. The 2018 Model Train Festival is made possible in part by the Port of Tacoma. Take a free photo with Santa Claus! The jolly gentleman will be here to visit with children on December 21, 22 and 23 from 11:00 AM–3:00 PM. We’ll capture this special moment on an iPad and the pictures will be instantly e-mailed to you. Let the magical holiday memories commence. December 23 is also Teen Tix day. Show your Teen Tix card and get in for just $5.00.

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• Fri 12/21/18 - Tue 1/1/19 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sleight of Hand: Magic and Spiritualism in the Early 20th Century

Magic, Community Event

Sleight of Hand: Magic and Spiritualism in the Early 20th Century, August 4, 2018-January 20, 2019 What is magic? Is it the magician who levitates a woman above the darkened stage of the Pantages Theater? The medium who gazes into the depths of Commencement Bay to awaken the ghosts of lost sailors? The escape artist who dangles himself in a straitjacket from the Seattle Times building, smiling at the crowds below? Magic is all of these things and more. An art of deception and wonder, magic has been practiced throughout human history as a means not only to entertain but also to enlighten. We think of magic in the modern era as a brief amusement, yet in times past, this craft was used in places as disparate as religious ceremonies, public speaking, and warfare. Magic has also served as a platform for the voiceless to speak, as seen in the connections between spiritualism and the suffragette movement. This exhibition showcases the magicians who came through the Pacific Northwest. It tells the intriguing story of how magic has impacted society as a whole, giving the discipline historical significance while entertaining and engaging the public. We're not divulging the secrets of magic (sorry!), but rather seek to delight visitors through sharing lost arts and mysteries. Come and be amazed!

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• Sat 8/4/18 - Sun 1/20/19 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM