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

10.12.19       Trappers & Pioneers FestivalA fun day of pioneers, trappers and history of Pierce County complete with music, dancing, art projects, stations of activities from Fort Nisqually, Fort Steilacoom, Washington State History Museum. Squirrel Butter will entertain us with old time folk songs and sing-alongs. 

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. 

» Third Thursdays
4 pm—7 pm

9.19.19         Kids Club Kickoff: Karshner Kids Club is in its second year.  Students K-7 can join for free, receive a membership badge, a passport and monthly newsletters.  By completing activities at home and at the Museum they can earn points and prizes.  Special events and activities are planned for Kids Club around history, cultures, science, art and more. 

10.17.19       Pioneers & Covered Wagons/Kids Club: A fun kids club event with scavenger hunts, art projects, a movie, more pioneer games, and dancing. An extra special guest! Elementary music groups will sing, and we can sing and dance along. 

» Nights at the Museum
6 pm - 8 pm

10.10.19       Secretary of State’s Legacy Washington Exhibit “1968: The Year That Rocked Washington” Reception: The grand opening and reception for the Legacy Exhibit with dignitaries from the Secretary of State’s office, and honorees of the exhibit whose stories are told in attendance with refreshments. 

More events for my calendar.

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.