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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  • The exhibits in the museum are informative and well done, and the insight into Bruce Lee's life is exciting. Take the tour of the historic building to see the old grocer, the many rental rooms (some a...  more »
  • Well worth a visit while in Seattle. You can spend a few hours visiting the different exhibitions in the different rooms. It goes through the history of the different people arriving in the USA and th...  more »
  • Spend a few hours in the Seattle international district and see the history of Asian-Americans, especially in the Northwest US. Interesting and heartbreaking information regarding internment camps and...  more »
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  • Wonderful museum in the international district. Well worth the visit. I highly recommend taking the guided tour as well. It gets you into original areas of the building that are off limits to self tour folk The old store and the guest hotel upstairs are an amazing window into a past that most Americans are not aware of. The Bruce Lee exhibit was just icing on the cake and really cool to see all the items that had of his!
  • This was an unexpectedly worthwhile experience on a day of random sightseeing! We visited in mid-November on a special event day, with free admission, activities for kids, a small trunk show, etc. A donation got us a tour of the historic hotel, which was a nice extra. The museum includes various Asian cultures' historical exhibits, especially Chinese and Japanese. The Bruce Lee exhibit included personal items, such as journal pages and notes, quotes, and early photographs. Street parking is metered and pricey, and we needed more than three hours for the museum plus dim sum lunch!
  • The museum is a fantastic learning experience for Asian American and Seattle culture. I was there volunteering for an event and got a chance to see exhibits about some history I wasn't too familiar with. I wasn't really able to see too much, bit I definitely think this museum is worth at least a day trip or two.
  • Really interesting. I learned a lot about Wing Luke, Bruce Lee and Asian migration to Seattle. The tour of the old store and hotel remind me of how lucky we are in today's world.
  • Great space. Our family had a wonderful time on the Bruce Lee tour. Jintana is an excellent tour guide. Highly recommend it.

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