The Annual Model Train Festival

History and holiday magic unite at the Washington State History Museum during the 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! It Includes the largest permanent model train layout in Washington. 

Santa Claus will be available for pictures with you and your family on December 22 and 23 from 11 AM - 3 PM. 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.

December 23 is also Teen Tix day! Show your Teen Tix card and get in for just $5.00.

Please note, the Washington State History Museum is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Hours and Pricing:

During Model Train Festival and the History Museum are open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Closed December 24 and 25.

Friday, December 22, 10 AM to 5 PM (Santa available for free photos 11 AM - 3 PM)
Saturday, December 23, 10 AM to 5 PM (Santa  available for free photos 11 AM - 3 PM, and Teen Tix cardholders get $5 admission.)
Tuesday, December 26, through Monday, January 1, 10 AM to 5 PM (including January 1, New Years Day)

Closed: Sunday, Dec. 24, and Monday, Dec. 25


Coupons and discounts (Chinook Book, AAA, etc.) do not apply during Model Train Festival

    • Admission for Historical Society Members is always FREE
    • Adults (Age 18 and over)  $14
    • Seniors (Age 65 and over) $11
    • Students (Ages 6-17 years) $11
    • Active and former military personnel (with ID or proof of service) $11
    • Children (age 5 and under) FREE
    • Family (up to 2 adults and 4 children under age 18) $40
    • Washington Quest EBT Card Discount (must show card) is $1/person and $2/family

The 2017 Model Train Festival is made possible in part by the Port of Tacoma. The TNT Activity Room is sponsored by The News Tribune.

*Courtesy South Sound Magazine