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“A "Boutique" Museum Worth visiting...”
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The Unity Museum
Ranked #126 of 449 things to do in Seattle
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 2015 1st Runner UP on King5TV "Best of Western Washington" in the Museum category! Our "Unity Museum....A Baha'i Perspective on Peace" is the best kept little secret on the famous "AVE" right across from the University of Washington campus. Our exhibits are offering solutions and conversations for a more united community around us. We celebrate the strength of women becoming part of this change.Or tackle the topic of race suggestion that the earth is just one country and mankind its citizens. Science and Religion must agree. Welcome to our inviting Museum Lounge that is open to our community for free coffee/tea and WIFI and TV. We have regular musical concerts, speakers bureau, Youth Gatherings, Students Study lounge, light potluck dining, children's play room, library, craft room and all around a most friendly respite on The Ave.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Yorktown, Virginia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A "Boutique" Museum Worth visiting...”
Reviewed July 7, 2014

I was visiting Seattle for a conference and was able to use one of my lunch breaks to visit the Washington Baha'i History Museum. This museum is a "boutique museum" that was established by a small nonprofit with the purpose of building community within the neighborhood adjacent to the University of Washington campus. Its starting point is a series of exhibits to juxtaposition the history of local and national persons and events to those in the corresponding period of history of the Baha'i Faith. But in addition to the historic exhibits, the museum provides an intimate setting for academic tutoring, for study and discussions on topics of faith, society, and justice, for musical concerts (the week after my visit, they were hosting their first concert), and a relaxed atmosphere for conversations in a heavily trafficked area with many retail shops. When I visited, they were also in the process of furnishing a room that could be used as a place for children to play while their parents visited the museum, and they were setting up a kitchen area so they could provide light snacks for visitors. I am a Baha'i and had communicated with the museum the founder, Zabine Van Ness. I was interested in the concept for the museum, so she gave me a personal tour. It is wonderfully executed and undergoing constant improvements since it had opened in this new location just 3 months prior. Since changes were underway when I visited, for the latest information take a look at the museum website (http://bahaihistorymuseum-wa.org). It details the refinement of the exhibits, the expansion of services it is offering visitors, and the ongoing changes. This is not your stale and static museum! Perhaps the main shortcoming is access can be a bit difficult. The museum is on a very busy street and parking can be hard to find. For the main group the museum serves - primarily the local university student population - this is not an inconvenience since they would be traveling by foot. Luckily, I found an open parking space on my second pass when I visited. Also, the museum is on the second floor above the row of shops, so you need to be prepared to climb a flight of stairs to visit the museum. But it is well worth the trip - enjoy!

Visited June 2014
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Everett, Washington
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“This is a must see for regional history”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

Must see for those who are interested in the history of the Northwest with a unique focus on religion and spirituality. This is no ordinary museum, offering coffee and spaces for conversation as well as exhibits of the history of the Baha'i Faith in the Northwest. Worth a special trip just to see this.

Visited July 2014
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Renton, Washington
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Small package but big surprise”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

When visiting Seattle, one must check out the museum. It's a first in the US and probably North America and the world. The museum's current exhibit is about the 100 years since the first World War. The Baha'i perspective focuses on the peace initiatives and unity initiatives which offer real hope and ideas as to how to better the future of mankind/womankind. It's free and they offer coffee, tea and cookies to the traveler. Enjoyed a concert at the museum and am looking forward to revisitng and seeing the next musical performances.

Visited June 2014
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Sammamish, Washington, United States
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3 reviews
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“Presents local history's part in advancing world civilization.”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

The museum offers exhibits, conversational seating, and free cookies and tea/coffee. In this space it is easy to talk about how people in the past were drawn by religion to act for social changes that benefit everyone.

Visited June 2014
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Mount Vernon, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“This is no ordinary museum ... check it out!”
Reviewed June 24, 2014

Where else can you find regional history intertwined with the Baha'i Faith? What a future ahead with plans for all genre.

Visited June 2014
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