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Tag: Washington State History Museum


Critic’s Picks: Click Flick “Ghostbusters,” “Asher Lev” at TOTS, Liszt at UPS and Klee Wyk art at WSHM

Click Flick: “Ghostbusters”

This month’s Click Flick at the Grand Cinema is the classic 1980s comedy “Ghostbusters” – just try not to sing along. Doors open 10 a.m., screening 10:30 a.m. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

“My Name is Asher Lev” theater collaboration

Lakewood Playhouse collaborates with the Broadway Center to present the Northwest premiere of “My Name is Asher Lev,” an adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel about a young Jewish artist conflicted between tradition and self-expression. Opens 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, then 3 p.m. and

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Free Arts Month: Living history at the Washington State History Museum

The Washington State History Museum is in danger, and thank goodness Tacomans are rallying around to save it from state budget cuts. If ever an institution worked hard to make us remember that history is a living part of the present, it’s this one: The “In the Spirit” Native arts festival and Washington state history dioramas, the upcoming mummy exhibit “Wrapped” with current imaging technology, and today’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day programs are all great examples.

Admission to the museum was free today, which is why I went as part of my Free Arts Month story, and I

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Native American culture at the History Museum?

One of the fallouts from Seattle Mayor McGinn’s announcement last week of the new Seattle Chihuly Museum is the proposed Northwest Native Cultural Center. Supported by various local professionals, the center would have given a Native American presence to the new developments at the Seattle Center, where the current Fun Forest is soon to be torn down. Instead, if the mayor’s proposal makes it through council, the Center will get a playground, green space and a 50,000 square foot tribute to glass icon Dale Chihuly, including an indoor exhibition space, glasshouse, garden and outdoor glass art.

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18th Northwest Native Art exhibit on now at State of the Arts in Olympia


In the wake of “In the Spirit,” the annual Native art festival and exhibit at the Washington State History Museum (the festival’s gone, but the show’s still up through Sept. 19), comes the 18th Northwest Native Art exhibit at State of the Arts gallery in downtown Olympia. The show this year features work by Lori Boess (ceremonial drums and feathered fans), Jennifer Wood (drums), Meleno Lovato and Ken Mayberry (carvings) and prints by various other artists.

As well, there’s a button blanket by artist Nancee Wood, who’s married to a Sammamish tribal member and has studied and

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Free summer admission for military at Tacoma Art Museum, Washington State History Museum and Museum of Glass

The Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass have joined the Blue Star Museum Program to offer free admission for  active duty military and their families all summer long, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The offer is a collaboration  between the National Endowment for the Arts and non-profit military support group Blue Star Families’ “Operation Appreciation.” It supports military families by offering free admission to museums across the country.

From the press release: “Around 18,000 locally based service members are expected to come home from the wars throughout the summer.
Nationally, more than

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Military families get a free pass to state history museum

The Washington State History Museums in downtown Tacoma and Olympia are giving free admission to active duty military and their families this summer.

The program starts on Memorial Day (May 28) and runs through Labor Day (September 6). Military personnel must show military ID and can be accompanied by up to five family members.

The WSHM has joined the Blue Star Museum Program, a collaboration with Blue Star Families – a non-profit organization that supports American military families.


Cheaper memberships for Museum Day

May 18 is International Museum Day, and the Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum and Washington State History Museum are joining in by offering discounted memberships during the week of May 17-23. Individual memberships will be discounted $5, and dual/family memberships will be discounted $10.

International Museum Day, organized by the International Council of Museums, has been celebrated around the world since 1977. This year’s theme is “museums for social harmony.” 

What do you get from museum membership? Year-round free admission, invitation and entry to exclusive events, discounts at the shop and the knowledge that you’re supporting the culture in our

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World folk art at state history museum

You’ll find a world of folk art this weekend at the Washington State History Museum.

“With our Hands: World Folk Art Festival” is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Master folk artists will demonstrate their work and hands-on activities will fill this two-day festival. Enjoy performances, talk to master artists and learn about world folk art traditions. Participate in folk arts traditions such as Mexican wax flower dipping, Yakama bead working, Latvian embroidery and more.  All activities are free with museum admission, $6-8.
Schedule of performances and workshops:
Saturday and

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