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It's time to visit the county museum

Those who’ve been meaning to visit the Washington County Museum will have several excuses to do so Saturday, Dec. 13.

The day will be packed with activities and the museum’s newest exhibits during the free “family day.”

Guest performer Rhys Thomas will present “The Physics of Toys” with hilarity and dexterity at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thomas’ shows blend mature science with kid savvy comedy to create a show the Smithsonian Institution called “wonderful.”

Thomas has performed worldwide and was a featured performer at this past summer’s Celebrate Hillsboro event.

The Beaverton Fashion Doll Club will also be on hand to provide crafts to go along with one of the museum’s current exhibits, “All I Want for Christmas: A Very Special Holiday Exhibit” that invites patrons to take a look back at some of the most iconic toys, dolls and games in our history. From fashion diva Barbie to the Madame Alexander dolls, to the beautifully crafted china dolls, the Beaverton Fashion Doll Club created the museum’s “wonderland of dolls.”

The Tualatin Valley Model Railroad Club will bring their N-gauge model train layout to show off in the spirit of the holiday toy displays.

Club members will run the trains on Saturdays and the week after Christmas through Jan. 3.

Other current museum exhibits include “Washington County Goes to War” and “In the Footsteps of David Douglas.”

Activities on Dec. 13 will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The museum at 150 E. Main St. (above Starbucks) is open until 5 p.m. Admission to the museum is $6. It’s $4 for seniors, children ages 3 to 18 and college students and military members with identification.

The Dec. 13 family day allows free admission for everyone.

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