Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle

(4.5/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Went due to the nature that my family name is "Luke". Ended up with a membership. Love this museum as you learn alot about the asian communities around Seattle. Learned more about our community than I...  more »
  • We saw the Bruce Lee exhibit here along with some other small exhibits that are probably part of the permanent collection. If you want to see a museum about Asian culture, this will be interesting.  more »
  • Having visited the Tenament Museum on the lower east side on Manhattan, we were pleased to see the wonderful museum in Seattle that highlites the imigrant experince of Seattle's Asian (in its broadest...  more »
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  • I took my mom here after eating dim sum at House of Hong. This museum has a unique design where you pass between the late 19th & 21st century. It's wonderful to see how people lived & worked in this 101-yr. old building. Our tour guide Fiona was super informative. The current exhibition includes Master Bruce Lee.
  • Really nice museum staff who provide si much information about Asian American history and culture, as well as interesting Seattle-specific knowledge through their tours!
  • Being a long standing Bruce Lee fan, I really love the experience here. You can re-live his life, training and work with hundreds of photographs, memorabilia and video. They even have a so-so replica of the mirror room which Bruce had on the set of Enter the Dragon. No photographs are allowed so take your memories with you.
  • Excellent educational "tour" of Asian (though not limited to) immigrants' history, challenges and successes. Definitely a learning experience. Our guides were fantastic - you can hear the passion in their voices, in how they describe the stories that make up an alley, a building, a section of town, streets, food. The experience grounds you to what may seem long ago, yet really, the struggle continues, in muted, hidden ways today.
  • If you come to the International District for the food, you must also check out the history at the Luke Wing Museum. The many collections and exhibits address a wide range of Pacific Islander Asian American history, and remains easily understandable for the casual visitor (like me!) Fun Fact: The tour guide said this is one of two museums with a Bruce Lee permanent exhibit (the other in Hong Kong) A quick Google shows one or two others may exist, but still, a great exhibit! Your wristband allows you back in - so put your name on a wait list, check out the museum, eat, and come back!