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!