Further Afield

Further Afield

Suquamish Museum & Cultural District
The Suquamish Museum is located on the Port Madison Reservation, less than an hour west of Seattle via the Bainbridge Ferry. The Museum's permanent exhibits interpret the history and cultural of the Suquamish people. Nearby are several sites of interest including a waterfront Community House called sgwәdzadad qәł ?altxw (The House of Awakened Culture) which opened in 2009, Chief Seattle's grave and monument, and Old Man House Park, the location of the Seattle's former home.

Hibulb Cultural Center & Natural History Preserve
Located approximately 35 miles north of downtown Seattle, The Hibulb Cultural Center opened in August 2011. It exists to restore, protect, interpret, collect and enhance the history, traditional cultural values and spiritual beliefs of the Tulalip Tribes who are the successors in interest to the Snohomish, Snoqualmie and Skykomish tribes, and other tribes and bands signatory to the Treaty of Point Elliott.

At 23,000 square feet, the interactive cultural center features permanent galleries, a temporary exhibit, classrooms, a long house, a research library, and gift shop. A fully certified collections and archaeological repository, it is the only Tribal facility certified by the state of Washington. Currently, the adjacent 50 acre Natural History Preserve is still under development.

Makah Cultural & Research Center
The Makah Museum in Neah Bay, five hours west of Seattle near the Olympic National Park, is a nationally recognized tribal museum. Permanent exhibits include artifacts from the Ozette collection, uncovered from a Makah village partially buried by a mudslide nearly 500 years ago.

Snoqualmie Falls
Located less than an hour east of Seattle by car, Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington's premier tourist destinations, and is a sacred site for the Snoqualmie Tribe. Snoqualmie Falls plays an important role in tribal stories, including the Lushootseed story, "Moon, the Transformer," which teaches that salmon were given to the people by Moon for their subsistence. The Snoqualmie Tribe has worked for many years to preserve Snoqualmie Falls as a pristine natural site "for all people, for all time."A park with viewing platforms and hiking trails provides public access.

Squaxin Island Tribe Museum Library and Research Center
Cultural items found at an Eld Inlet village site in Southern Puget Sound form one of the main exhibits in the Squaxin Island Museum Library and Research Center, located near Shelton, approximately one and a half hours southeast of Seattle.

Yakama Nation Museum and Cultural Center
Located in Toppenish, three hours east of Seattle, the Yakama Nation Museum and Cultural Center interprets the history and culture of the Plateau and Columbia River Basin people.

In addition to the tribal museums listed above, several community history museums in the Puget Sound region include interesting exhibits on local Native American culture and history, including the White River Valley Museum in Auburn and the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. More information is available at visitseattle.org/cultural.

Did You Know?


As in other parts of the country, traditional gambling played an important role in Native culture. As sovereign nations, Indian Tribes have the right to regulate gaming on their reservations, and there are more than two dozen tribal casinos in Washington. Casino profits contribute to economic self-sufficiency for tribes, and support cultural preservation efforts such as tribal language programs, museums, and historic preservation projects.
Several federally recognized Tribes have casinos near Seattle, including the Muckleshoot, Puyallup, Snoqualmie, and Port Gamble S'Klallam. Casino resorts operated by the Suquamish and Tulalip Tribes include notable displays of contemporary Coast Salish artwork.

Credit: House posts at Tulalip Resort Hotel, courtesy of the Tulalip Tribes.

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