Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 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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  • Interesting museum of the Chinese in Seattle. Try to arrive to take the tour of the store and hotel. See the stories of the people who lived in cramped quarters, helped build Seattle rail road.  more »
  • a nice museum, not overly dull and boring. it has a very modern feel to how it's exhibit is setup. my visit was mainly to see the bruce lee section, but it was nice seeing how much more they had. bein...  more »
  • Excellent displays in a beautifully repurposed old building. I am not of Asian descent but found the museum to be very engaging and interesting. The story of the contributions made by Asian Americans ...  more »
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  • This is one of the best museums in the Seattle area. Free on first Thursdays and well worth the admission on other days. Step into the museum and explore the rich history of Asian Americans in the US and in Seattle. Take the tour and walk through a hotel from the 1890, seeing what it was like to be an Asian immigrants at a time when they had to live in hotels, because it was illegal to own homes. Learn more than you think you can and leave even more curious than before. From the hotel and the preserved apothecary and shop, which can be seen only via guided tour, to the museum halls which showcase more modern artworks and stories impacting us now, you really can't miss. Learn about Bruce Lee's connection to the Seattle area and be inspired by the strength and success of the people here, before stopping by the fun gift store on the way out. The museum and hotel can be made accessible by elevator and if you ask at the front desk, they will provide you with a token to store any items you don't wish to carry, in a locker. Great for families and individuals.
  • The Wing is an amazing community asset. Their community-driven exhibits tell a unique and authentic story about Asian immigration and Asian American experiences in the Northwest. Their museum space too is a beautifully renovated and significant historical landmark as one of the original residential hotels. They have extraordinary and well researched exhibits. For locals and tourists alike, this is a must see.
  • Very interesting Chinese American history. Good Bruce Lee exibhit. Great staff, very friendly and accommodating.
  • Great set up, just enough to keep kids interested but still keep a modern museum feel in the main section. The section in back is delightful and engaging.
  • Interesting museum. Went specifically for Bruce Lee exhibition Worth a visit