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Build model train memories at Tacoma event

Why does everyone like model trains so much? Are they an American icon for freedom, how the west was won and raging progress?
Whatever the reason, the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma will host the 21st Annual Model Train Festival from Saturday, December 17, through Sunday, January 1. 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. Please note, the Washington State History Museum is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Visit on December 21st, 22nd or 23rd between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and you’ll be treated to a visit from the head elf himself!
Santa Claus will be available for pictures with you and your family in the Community Gallery area inside the Museum Store. The free pictures will be instantly e-mailed to an address of your choosing, so bring the kids and let the magical holiday memories commence.
Parents and grandparents need a break? Bring your children to our activity room on the second floor and let your kids explore, create, build (and destroy) their own Lego train creations!
During Model Train Fest, the Washington State History Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day when it will be closed. Admission for Historical Society Members is always FREE. Adults (Age 18 and over) are $12; seniors (Age 60 and over) are $8; students (Ages 6-17 years) are $8; active duty & retired military (ID required) are $8 and children (Ages 5 and under) are FREE