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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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  • Very interesting and enjoyable. I would recommend this museum for any age group. History is a very important subject we all need to pay attention to  more »
  • We spent a hour going through the museum. Amazing how they were able to use the natural environment to support their needs. We should all be as smart about using sustainable materials as they were! Ce...  more »
  • Really enjoyed perusing the exhibits here. Great job of sharing history, punctuated with the displays. Watched a woman pound cedar and she was very gracious about explaining what she was doing and why...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Well done. Love the way it's designed.
  • This is a very well presented history of this area.
  • Had a great since of the tribes historic past