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Best Local History & Culture in Seattle

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Wing Luke Museum

Located in Seattle's International District, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience depicts the story of Asian-Americans through historic photographs, artwork and text. Come and learn the history of the people who traveled from Asia to the United States, the problems they faced, the contributions they made and more. The museum store sells such treasures as photographs, video documentaries and books on Japanese-American culture.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center

Come learn about the indigenous people – the Duwamish Tribe – that occupied Seattle thousands of years ago. Admission is free, so it is a great opportunity to educate yourself about those that came before. A small but beautiful museum, Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center has educational videos and interesting artifacts for visitors to examine. You may leave the experience with a heavy heart, but you will feel thankful for the experience.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Log House Museum

Located one block from Alki Beach, this little museum houses a rotating series of exhibits that focuses on West Seattle, which has been called 'the birthplace of Seattle'. Incorporating fascinating artifacts and charming audio and video presentations, the exhibits strive to combine information on settlers and the native Duwamish and Suquamish tribes. The museum's ongoing oral history project provides a continuing flow of new stories. Events are held monthly for kids and special-interest groups. A small gift shop keeps the same hours as the museum.

Seattle, WA, United States
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National Nordic Museum

Unique in the Seattle area, the National Nordic Museum is a tribute to the cultures of the many immigrants who came here from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Finland. It is aptly located in the Ballard area—Seattle's most Scandinavian neighborhood. Explore the heritage of the Nordic peoples and their contributions to the growth of this region. Visit five different ethnic rooms representing each country. The museum also features various traveling international exhibits.

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