Friday, December 21, 2012 - Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Just in time for the holiday season, the Washington State History Museum announces the opening of its 17th Annual Model Train Festival, extended through Christmas for the first time and offering new attractions. Held at the history museum, located at 1911 Pacific Avenue, the 11-day festival will take over every floor to create the largest permanent model train layout in the state. Adults and children alike will be dazzled by the detailed work of local model train enthusiasts, including Boeing Employees Model Railroad Club, Pierce County Lionel Club, Mount Rainier N-Scale, and Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers, among others.
For children ages 1-18, who are LEGO and train fans, the Washington State History Museum is welcoming back its popular LEGO Train Design Competition on December 19 and 20, and will display all entrants and ribbon winners in the History Lab during the exhibit. Also capturing visitors’ attention in the History Lab, featured train movies will be playing on the movie screen each day to educate about life on the railroad. For more information on the competition and festival attractions, visit http://www.washingtonhistory.org/wshm/festivals.aspx.
Exhibit hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., with extended hours and free admission every third Thursday, 2 – 8 p.m. General admission: $9.50 for adults; $7 for seniors; $7 students and military with valid ID; children, age 5 and below, and members are always free. The 17th Annual Train Festival is made possible in part by TOTE, Port of Tacoma, Tacoma Public Utilities, and Amtrak.