Welcome to the 2019-2020 season!
Welcome to the 2019-2020 season!
Posted on 09/05/2019

Welcome to the 2019-2020 season!  The Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts has a wide variety of activities, events, and exhibits planned that will entertain and engage kids of all ages.  Some are new, some are familiar, but remember that all events, all the time, are free and family friendly! Last year we had over 19,000 visitors, and hosted 158 field trips! 

Here are a few of the upcoming events for your family calendar.
  Download our Fall 2019 Newsletter to post on your refrigerator!

» Culture & Arts Festivals
Noon—5 pm

11.2.19         Dinosaurs & Endangered Species Science Festival: A family festival featuring interactive stations and displays brought to you by Seattle’s Pacific Science Center. Their Science on Wheels program is called “Rock N Roll” with activities about rocks, crystals, volcanos and earthquakes. Also, the Burke Mobile from Burke Museum will be here with "Dig In" which is filled with activities about dinosaurs, fossils, and lots more.  There will other activities, read-alouds, games with dinosaurs, a movie or two and maybe… a visit from Pt. Defiance Zoo. 

2.8.20           Black History Month Culture & Arts Festival

3.14.20         Nordic & Viking Culture & Arts Festival

5.9.20           Make It, Paint It, Print It Art Festival

» Third Thursdays
4 pm—7 pm

11.21.19       Becci Crowe Adventures

1.16.20         Civil Rights Presentation

2.20.20         Drums, Drums, Drums

3.19.20         Living Voices: 'Hear My Voice'

4.16.20         Scavenger Hunt At Spring Fair*

5.21.20         Celebrate the Child


» Nights at the Museum
6 pm - 8 pm

11.15.19       100th Year Of Grand Canyon Hopi Flute Music and Award Winning Movie “Ongtupqa” Website

1.24.20         Information coming soon to website

» Exhibits on display

Secretary of State's Legacy Washington: “1968 THE YEAR THAT ROCKED WASHINGTON”

It was the year when Vietnam, civil rights, women’s liberation, and conservation coalesced—the year when tragedy led the 6 o’clock news with numbing regularity. 1968 changed us in ways still rippling through our society a half-century later. Meet those whose courageous stories are told.

Legacy Washington looks back at 1968 and its impact on Washington state through the stories of some remarkable people who lived through it. This exhibit chronicles Washingtonians who fought for civil rights, rights for people with disabilities, protection of natural resources & natural treasures, improving education, fair & equal housing, stopping the Vietnam War—all through a cultural revolution that was 1968. These folks all had one trait in common: the courage of their convictions. 

Visit the Legacy Washington website for lesson plans 
which follow the inquiry arc as outlined in the College, Career, Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards and are common core aligned (Washington State standards) to challenge students in essential reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. These plans are poised to engage students before, during, and after visiting the 1968 project and exhibit (either in person or online).

Be sure to visit our
Artifact of the Week webpage every Monday to see which unique piece we are featuring for that week.  Tour our Digital Artifact Collection!  Many hours and resources have gone into developing this online catalog.  

Our mission: We are committed to creating exhibitions and learning experiences which will help visitors make connections between themselves and the world in which we live. Our goal is to be a leader in participatory education for students, teachers, parents, and the community. The purpose of the museum is to provide public education through the collection, preservation, research, interpretation and exhibition of artifacts, documents, and photographs. Our goal is to provide hands-on activities that encourage participation education for students, teachers, parents, and the community. As a center for culture and the arts, we wish to enhance cultural awareness and promote cultural competency. We wish to build a culturally responsive learning community through creative educational programs offered for learners of all ages. We believe arts education is vital. We believe the arts help students understand our world, express their beliefs and understanding, and develop essential skills that prepare them to become the innovators, problem solvers, and collaborators our society expects. 

Our vision: We believe our community is rich with diversity and should have a place to celebrate that diversity and our own history. We believe that knowing about our past and the history of cultures in our world is important for all of the community. We believe cultural artifacts, arts performances, and learning opportunities help students and adults become creators and contributors to our society. We feel through our efforts our community can gain a deeper understanding of others’ cultures, heritage and the common human experience. We strive to provide opportunities for engagement, enjoyment and important and thoughtful discourse, and by doing so understand what makes us unique.