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Makah Cultural and Research Center

1880 Bayview Ave, Neah Bay, WA 98357
+1 360-645-2711
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Better than expected!

We were told to come here from the Olympic Park Visitors Center. This place was very interesting... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Argyle, Texas
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Museum redoing exhibits

I was only charged half the normal $6 fee admission due to some exhibits not available as they are... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Michelle R
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1880 Bayview Ave, Neah Bay, WA 98357
+1 360-645-2711
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were told to come here from the Olympic Park Visitors Center. This place was very interesting & informative. It wasn't expensive. It's larger than we expected with a lot more artifacts than expected, even a life size house the Indians used in which you...More

Thank 1natureseeker
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was only charged half the normal $6 fee admission due to some exhibits not available as they are putting in new lighting, the history is interesting, lots of photographs, artifacts, few canoes, nice building and big rooms, even if you read all the information...More

Thank Michelle R
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Small museum about the Makah tribe, undergoing renovations while I was there in April so the entry fee was 1/2 price ($2.50), but even full price is super reasonable for the experience. Was especially impressed with the wood working skills required to make the four...More

Thank Flynfnp
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Great museum about the Ozette people whose village was buried in a mudslide hundreds of years ago! Then the tidal water washed away the mud in the 1970s and revealed the village to us. There are lots of cool artifacts from the Ozette people. It...More

Thank Shelleyash
Reviewed 9 February 2017

We've driven through Neah Bay on our way to the beaches, but never stopped in at the museum until my son was doing a report for school on whaling. We arranged to interview a staff member, who was very helpful, and the museum was very...More

Thank Melinda_NW85
Reviewed 2 November 2016

They have a great museum. Very interesting, with lots of artifacts. It's great for all ages. They also have a nice gift shop.

Thank Cvando7
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This destination is quite a trek, regardless of where you are going. But I really wanted to see artifacts from more than 500 years ago. The story of how they were discovered is really interesting. And the whaling canoe was astounding, allowing me to just...More

Thank sewkap
Reviewed 10 October 2016

The museum tells the story of Makah culture, past and present. One of the most interesting series of exhibits is how a once buried Makah village was revealed about 300 to 500 years later following a punishing storm. The Makah and Washington State University archaeologists...More

2  Thank Davis K
Reviewed 7 October 2016

This museum provides context for the artifacts uncovered by a landslide at Ozette, and does a wonderful job of combining the science of archaeology with the Native oral histories and culture.

Thank Suzy H
Reviewed 5 October 2016

A very interesting museum describing the history of the Makah people. The exhibits were well-done, especially the Long House. The only downside is that you're not allowed to take any photos. Definitely worth a visit!

1  Thank PhotoTripper_10
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Brian, thank you for your review! We plan on visiting Neah Bay in 10 days; sounds like this is a 'must see'! Your description reminds me of what someone may write about Pompei, Italy following Mt. Vesuvius' eruption. is that a fair comparison? What types of items have been uncovered? Are there presentation about what life may have been like at the time of the landslide? How long should we plan on visiting Neah Bay if we see the museum and take the hike? Thank you!
13 October 2016|
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Response from Sequim132 | Reviewed this property |
I agree about an hour to visit the museum. If like us you enjoy video presentations the one at the end of your walk through the museum is very good with tribal elder stories. The hike only takes about 20 minutes each way... More