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Makah Museum, Preserving the Past

 

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Address:
P.O. Box 160
Neah Bay, Wa 98357

Contact the Museum:
360-645-2711

The Makah Museum is the nation's sole repository for archaeological discoveries at the Makah Indian coastal village of Ozette. The centuries-old village was located 15 miles south of present-day Neah Bay. Ozette served the Makah people as a year-round home well into the 20th century.

In 1970 tidal erosion exposed a group of 500-year-old Ozette homes that had been perfectly preserved an ancient mudslide The tens of thousands of artifacts subsequently discovered have helped recreate the Makah's rich and exciting history as whalers, sealers, fishermen. hunters, gatherers, artists, basketweavers, spinners and warriors.

The Ozette dig, perhaps the most significant archaeological find in North America, was closed in 1981 after 11 years of continual excavation by Washington State University. Fortunately the Makah legacy may still be shared in this unique and memorable museum.

The Museum also features dioramas depicting marine environments as well as a full-sized longhouse. These are accompanied by the sounds of birds, waves, sea lions, and (in the long house), conversation and singing. Many of the articles on exhibit, such as whaling and sealing implements can be handled by the visitor.


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Hours

Open 7 days a week.
10am - 5pm
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.


Admission
The Makah Museum is supported by a modest admission charge and by tax-deductible membership to the fullest extent of the law.

 


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