This Museum Traces the Path of Chicanos in the Pacific Northwest

Sea Mar Chicano Museum Nuestro Stories

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Focused on telling the stories of Chicano migration through a social justice perspective, the Sea Mar Museum of Chicano Culture is the first — and thus far only — museum in Washington state dedicated specifically to Chicanos' culture and heritage. 

The museum is home to a collection of artifacts and various pieces of historical documentation, art, and expressive works devoted to the experience of Chicanos in the Pacific Northwest. 

The museum intends to weave each part of the tapestry together to depict a historically accurate representation of the day-to-day life of Chicano migrants who made their way North.

Taking care to put a specific focus on the experience of migrant farmworkers, as well as the Chicano civil rights movement that took place between the 50s and ’70s, the Sea Mar Museum of Chicano culture places a spotlight on a pivotal time of empowerment and progress. According to the museum’s website: 

Our story is told by researching and addressing topics such as work, play, religion, politics, migration, civil rights, family, and community. Our collection identifies and preserves how life and communities developed in Washington as people migrated and immigrated to the state.

The Sea Mar Museum of Chicano Culture is open to the public, Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm.

Location: Washington, United States.

Address: 9635 Des Moines Memorial Dr. S, Seattle, WA 98108, United States

See the outside of the museum here.

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Olivia Monahan Chicana journalist, editor, educator, and organizer in Sacramento whose sole focus is to shed light on stories on our most impacted and marginalized communities, but even more importantly, for those stories to humanize those normally left out. She is an Ida B Wells Investigative Journalism Fellow 2022 Finalist, a member of the Parenting Journalists Society, and has bylines in The Courier, The Sacramento Bee, The Americano, Submerge Magazine among others.