The Wing Luke Museum, located in the International District of Seattle is without a doubt one of the most -if not the most- historic, diverse, creatively rich, and lively places in Seattle.
Walking into the Museum, one can feel the atmosphere reflecting the American Asian Pacific artwork and histories full of struggle, survival, courage, passion, family, of love and hope. The museum is named after Chinese born and Seattle raised Wing Luke, whose family immigrated to the U.S. in 1944. Wing was a passionate and determined person, who excelled in school and was invited to D.C. as a high school consultant. He was also in the military for a short while and eventually got into law.
After some time in private practice, he took his momentum into the public office and became the first Asian American to be an elected official in the Pacific Northwest. Wing Luke fought hard and continued to fight for others liberties, urban renewal, and the preservation of history. “Knowing first hand the effects of racial discrimination, Wing was instrumental in Seattle’s passing of an Open Housing Ordinance in 1963 with punitive provisions against racial discrimination in the selling or renting of real estate.” Wing died in 1965 but not without being devoted to his beliefs, “Believing that the culture and traditions of Chinese and other Asian immigrants should be preserved and taught, Wing envisioned a place to present the history and important issues of Asian Americans. The Wing Luke Asian Museum was founded to fulfill that vision.”
The Wing Luke Museum holds histories from a vast array of Asian Americans being the only Museum solely devoted to sharing these “Asian Pacific American experience(s), it’s one of the few places that can truly give you a new perspective on what it means to be American.” Part of the Museum is the hotel in which hundreds of people came for shelter as immigrants, and workers. Standing in the place where many began to create their own histories disconnected from home and their known world carries an air of somberness and then strong empathy. The museum not only portrays a history but it continues to present current Asian American stories of struggle and success through their many amazing exhibitions that discuss race, gender, and everything inbetween. There are 4 permanent exhibitions; “Honoring Our Journey” about home, getting here, making a living, social justice, and community. “Wing Luke and the Museum Exhibit”, “Chinatown-International Disctrict Exhibit”, and “Community Portrait Galleries”. The most recent rotating exhibit was titled “Grit: Asian Pacific Pioneers Across the Northwest”. The Wing Luke Museum has a parade of wonderful events that take place during the year and their new calendar for the new year is right around the corner! Though for now a tour rich with history and art would make for a great holiday gift, give the opportunity to get to know a little bit more about Seattle and the people who make it what it is.
The Wing Luke Museum
719 South King Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Tuesday-Sunday: 10 a.m – 5 p.m
Tuesday-Sunday: Every hour from 10:30 a.m-3:30 p.m
Student (13-18 or with student ID): $9.95
Youth (5-12): $8.95
Child (under 5): $FREE