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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Ranked #47 of 448 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: More than a museum, The Wing is an experience. Step back in time into the living quarters of Asian pioneers and learn how they shaped Seattle. Check out exhibitions of real life stories, including Day in the Life of Bruce Lee, detailing the personal habits of global icon Bruce Lee and his local connection. And plan for a tour of the Chinatown-International District neighborhood - Seattle’s second Chinatown location – to get an insider look at its history, sights and foods. A must-do for anyone who wants the local experience.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
NY, NY
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Definitely worth checking out!”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

I came to see an exhibition of the work of furniture maker George Nakashima and stayed to enjoy the architecture, some sound installations, and a wonderfully organized exhibition of Asian Americans working in fashion and the garment trade. Some of the displays on stereotypes of Asian-Americans seemed a bit simplistic and conflated rapidly changes values from different eras into a monolithic attitude. But it was well intentioned. And the shop has a great selection of Hello Kitty merchandise if you have anyone in your life who is a fan.

Visited September 2012
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Washington State
Level 6 Contributor
199 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Great little museum.”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

I've been to Seattle many times and finally made time to visit "The Wing". I'm so glad I did. The exhibit of clothing by Asian designers took me beyond Vera Wang and was stunning. I was aware of predjudice against Chinese and Japanese immigrants, but I learned how bad things really were for them. I was not aware of the problems and abuse encountered by immigrants from the Philippines and India. This is a fascinating place for history buffs and those interested in other cultures.

Visited November 2012
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Hollywood, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
98 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great Museum--must see in Seattle”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

In my review of The Fairmount Olympic Hotel I note that this museum in Seattle's Chinatown/International District is a gem and worth the effort to either walk there (about 15 minutes) or take the free bus to it. An affiliate of the Smithsonian the Wing Luke is one of my regular stops on visits to Seattle because of its fascinating exhibits. On this trip I stopped in to see a fascinating exhibit of the work of George Nakashima a world class woodworker and architectural designer. While the museum is small it packs in many interesting shows which provide a unique and important perspective on the Asian Pacific American experience. One component of the museum not to be missed is its their tours. The specific tour I found most fascinating was its tour of the shop and tenement building that housed many new immigrants (this is in a building that is part of the museum itself). Finally there is also an excellent museum shop.

Visited October 2012
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Seattle, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
565 reviews
159 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
“Getting better all the time”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

I recently went to an event featuring Asian clothing designers and it was very well done and interesting. As the museum matures, they are featuring more and more interesting exhibits and artists.

Visited October 2012
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Montgomery, Alabama
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Experience other cultures here!”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

I f you are taking the Amtrak out after you check out of ypur hotel this is a great tray to spend time. Just a short walk away (and you can check your bags at the station. ). The museum tour is very interesting At 45 min it takes you into spaces asian and pacific islander Americans used. A separate tour takes you around the neighborhood. It was raining and I was the only person o the tour. But Don my tour guide was as enthusiastic ad if I wer a party of 20 This is great vlue and greAt fun

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