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Wing Luke Museum, Seattle
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The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is a history museum located in Seattle, Washington's Chinatown-International District. A Smithsonian Institution affiliate, the Wing is dedicated to engaging the public to explore issues related to the culture, art and history of Asian Pacific Americans. It is the only pan-Asian Pacific American community-based museum in America, highlighting the issues and life-experiences of one of the fastest-growing racial groups in the United States. In February 2013 it gained recognition as one of two dozen "affiliated areas" of the U.S. National Park Service.CollectionsThe Wing's collections have over 18,000 items, including artifacts, photographs, documents, books, and oral histories. Parts of the museum's collections are viewable through its online database. There is an oral history lab inside the museum for staff and public use.ExhibitsThe Wing houses temporary and permanent exhibitions related to Asian American history, art, and cultures. The museum represents over 26 ethnic groups.The museum uses a community-based exhibition model to create exhibits. As part of the community-based process, the museum conducts outreach into communities to find individuals and organizations to partner with. The Wing then forms a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to determine the exhibit's direction. Staff at the museum conduct research, gathers materials, and records relevant oral histories under the guidance of the CAC. The CAC also determines the exhibit's overall design and content. The process may take place over a period of a year to 18 months.
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  • I have wanted to go here since they moved into the present building. It is wonderful. You really need to take the guided tour, it is free with admission. You go to the controlled access areas, and thi...  more »
  • We found this museum by accident after a trip for Yum Cha ( Dim Sum), arriving just as a tour was leaving. What an interesting tour, learning about Chinese and Japanese Americans, and their early live...  more »
  • Just happened to snag a parking space in front and after dim sum, we went in to take a look. A tour was starting, so we quickly decided to join in. The guide waited for us to pay, and then did the int...  more »