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918 H Street SE
Auburn, WA 98002

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28728 Green River Road
Auburn, WA 98030

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Phone: 253-288-7433
Temporary Exhibit MICROCOSOMS:
The Photography of George L. Kinkade on display January 9 – April 28, 2019

First Thursdays

Late Play Date
Join us for Free visits on first Thursdays, from noon to 4pm and for evening open hours 6 to 8pm. During evening hours we will have a Late Play Date for the kiddos with themed activities and craft tables perfect for children 3-12 years of age, no registration required. Late Play Dates are made possible by support from 4Culture, the Auburn Arts Commission, and the City of Auburn.

April 2 and May 7 4pm – 5pm

Story Club with KCLS
Hear a great story, discuss big ideas, and discover really cool history with Museum exhibits and artifacts! Small snack provided. Ages 7 – 12. Free, no registration required.

April 5,

Spring Railroad Lecture
Open house at the Museum from 6:30-7:30pm. $4 children and seniors, $5 adults. Our First Friday in April show will be with Daniel Leen, editor of Ramblin' Boy: The Letters of Steve Hoyt. We will follow Steve and Daniel in the latter half of the 1960s as they ride the rails of Washington. Daniel's slideshow will cover riding the rails in Western Washington, including a trip up the Northern Pacific Railway's Sumas Line to British Columbia. We will also have copies of Ramblin' Boy available for sale and autographs. See you there!

April 12 – 13
7pm – 8am

Overnight at the Museum – Bird’s the Word!
Kids ages 7 – 12 will love this activity packed overnight adventure in the Museum with bird-centric activities like dissecting owl pellets, games, and more! A small snack will be served in the evening as well as a light breakfast in the morning. $35 per child, pre-registration required HERE.

May 2

Kenjiro Nomura: A Life in Painting
Art historian Barbara Johns will discuss her book in progress about Kenjiro Nomura, a leader among Seattle’s Issei artists, whose paintings often represented Washington State nationally until his incarceration during World War II. Johns has been engaged in recent years in recovering the Issei artists’ stories and will describe some of her research and discoveries. Free, no registration required.

May 4

What Do Sports Teach Our Kids?
Join us for FREE on the opening day of Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America. State Scholar for the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit Hometown Teams Eric Davis will talk about how sports are more than a game. Professor Eric Davis dives into recent sports scandals to understand our relationship to the games we love, and examines the impact, both positive and negative, sports might have on the next generation. Free, no registration required.

May 7, 14, 21, 28
from 10:00am – 10:40am

Bring your 3 – 5 year olds to the Mary Olson Farm to learn about nature, history, and farm life while practicing skills like counting, matching, and sharing. Every week will have a new theme and unique activities including: story time, animal encounters, games, crafts and more! Parents/caregivers must stay with their children during the entirety of the program. Please dress your children for the weather! $6 per child per session, pre-registration required HERE.

May 19

The Good Game: On the Moral Value of Sports
Go deeper than the latest stats with Mike VanQuickenborne from Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau. Explore the philosophical implications of sports, what they say about our culture, and the ways in which they can reveal our full humanity. Free, no registration required.

June 7 – 8
7pm – 8am

Overnight at the Museum – Go Team!
Send your 7 – 12 year old on a sports-themed overnight adventure with scavenger hunts, crafts, and more! A small snack will be served in the evening as well as a light breakfast in the morning. $35 per child, pre-registration required HERE.

June 9

Year of the Bull Documentary Screening
A stunning look into the life of one high school football player determined to get out of the inner city and into a Division I collegiate program. This documentary follows an entire season with the Miami Northwestern Bulls and Taurean Charles, an All-American, blue-chip prospect battling societal pressures and standardized tests. Included with museum admission or membership, no registration required but space is limited.

June 15 & 16

Team Spirit Weekend
Wear your favorite team’s gear to the Museum for FREE admission. Show us your team spirit and enjoy learning about how sports shape our history and culture in our Hometown Teams exhibit!

Coming to an Event and Need a Room? Book a night at the Best Western Plus Mountain View Auburn Inn and get a special discount when you mention the White River Valley Museum.
Call (253) 887-7600 to book your room!