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.Use our Suquamish trip itinerary builder to visit Suquamish Museum on your trip to Suquamish, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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This museum was well laid out with beautiful displays. Besides that, the information was fascinating. I knew nothing of the Suquamish or Northwest natives so I read everything. The timeline was my fav... read more »
This is a relatively new museum or appeared that way. The displays were beautiful with exhibits most appropriate for the Suquamish 1st nation people. Museum staff and gift shop were also great. Highly... read more »
We started with a visit to Chief Seattle's gravesite and then proceeded to the museum. The museum tells the story of the Suquamish (place of clear salt water.) Very nice presentation, cedar designed t... read more »
My visit was with a group, so we had a docent. This was the BEST! I learned a ton of stuff I never would've picked up from displays alone, or not without a lot of reading. Super, little known history, very local flavor. Be sure to pay your respects at Chief Sealth's grave, across the street and a half block down toward the water. Beautiful gift shop on site, contemporary native art, too, beautiful.
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