Suquamish Museum, Suquamish

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The Suquamish Museum is a museum located on the Port Madison Indian Reservation in Washington state. It preserves and displays relics and records related to the Suquamish Tribe, including artifacts from the Old Man House and the Baba'kwob site. Founded in 1983, the museum currently occupies a facility opened in 2012.HistoryThe Suquamish Museum opened in 1983 as the Suquamish Museum and Cultural Center, then only the second tribal museum in the state of Washington. In 2009 the Suquamish tribe launched a capital campaign to construct a new facility, enlisting Senator Patty Murray and former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro to help lead the effort. The new facility opened in 2012 and is triple the size of the original building. Constructed at a cost of $6 million, the 9,000sqft purpose-built structure is set in a small botanical garden on the Port Madison Indian Reservation and consists of two galleries, a gift shop, a 50-seat auditorium, and a climate-controlled storage room used to house artifacts not on display. The facility was designed by the Seattle architectural firm Mithun and is a LEED Gold certified building. In 2013 it received a citation from the Washington Council of the American Institute of Architects.
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  • August 5, 2017
    I had the good fortune of stopping in at the beginning of my stay in the area. This is a small BUT EXCELLENTLY done museum. It has a timeline with the local Suquamish history and that alone framed the...  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    We were encouraged to visit this museum and were not disappointed. This is a small, compact museum to Educate about the experience of the Suquamish Tribe and their experience in the area. The timeline...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    Just two rooms and a retail shop. But very beautiful and well laid out. Useful history on a cedar wall ribbon, basketry, a few samples of woven fabric, a lovely large wood carving of a canoe held up b...  more »
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  • June 21, 2017
    Very informative. Need a touching area/interactive area for kids. My grandson is Native American but not enough to count and be included in a tribal community. This is the only way, for now, for him to gain knowledge, experience, and empathy other than through grand and great grandparents who choose when to tell their stories.
  • June 6, 2017
    It's a small but interest museum focused on the Suquamish tribe. Very professionally done, but a bit expensive for the size of the exhibit.
  • June 4, 2017
    Well done. Love the way it's designed.
  • June 14, 2017
    This is a very well presented history of this area.
  • June 14, 2017
    Had a great since of the tribes historic past

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