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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  • A beautifully designed and constructed museum of the past and current cultural traditions. Great gift shop and wonderfully designed displays. The history of our area is unique and well-worth learning ...  more »
  • Provides an understanding of local history for this region; also offers an illustration of U.S. government / Native American relationships, for better appreciation of history. Nicely arranged; easy to...  more »
  • Aside from the artistic beauty of the displays alone, I recommend thoroughly reading the displays for its historical lessons. The two that I found important was that: #1: Keep records of your history....  more »
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  • Very informative exhibit. They could have shown more artifacts, and more displays - They should open a branch in Seattle to reach more people.
  • Very nice. Small but great exhibits! Beautiful building.
  • Museum is small. Chief Seattle's Grave is on the same street and is a must see. Together these sites are worth the trip.
  • 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.
  • Small but perfect. Absolutely worth the visit.

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