|The 21st Annual Model Train Festival. (State History Museum)|
After 20 years, this year’s Model Train Festival at the State History Museum in Tacoma will be bigger than ever featuring more train layouts than year’s past. This museum-wide event for families, railroad buffs and model train enthusiasts showcases the most spectacular and detailed model railroad scenes in the Pacific Northwest – including the largest permanent model train layout in Washington. Visitors can marvel at the intricate model train layouts, listen to stories about model railroading and learn more about the part railroads played in Washington State’s history. Children can visit the activity room on the second floor to explore, create, build (and destroy) their own Lego train creations.
“We've got thousands of Lego bricks just waiting to be snapped together any way your child's little heart desires while you take a seat and recharge for more Model Train Festival fun. Or, if you're feeling more hands-on, get down on the floor and join your kids for playtime with our toy train sets and other kid-friendly activities,” says the museum.
New this year are featured railroad areas of the Great Hall of Washington History. Be sure to pick up the free (and collectible) Model Train Fest button and area map at the admissions counter to find your way back into the Great Hall.
Admission for the festival is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors age 60 and over, kids age 6-17 and military personnel and $5 for kids age 5 and under. You can save an extra buck or two if you have a Washington Quest EBT Card.
The Washington State History Museum is located at 1911 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma, WA 98402. For more information, visit the museum’s website or call 1 (888-238-4373).