Northwest African American Museum

Seattle, Washington, 98144 United States

Mission Statement

The Northwest African American Museum's mission is to spread knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the histories, arts and cultures of people of African descent for the enrichment of all.

About This Cause


At the heart of the African American experience in the Northwest is the story of our journey to this region, the establishment of our vibrant community and the ways in which we have survived. To tell this ever-unfolding story, the Museum’s exhibits and programs feature the visual arts, music, crafts, literature and history of African Americans in the Northwest. Cognizant of the Black community’s continuous evolution, NAAM focuses on African Americans whose route to the new world was through slavery as well as recent immigrants arriving from places such as Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia.

Our Vision

Our vision is a Pacific Northwest region where the important histories, arts and cultures of people of African descent are embraced as an essential part of our shared heritage and future.

Our Core Values

* We value mutual respect in all of our interactions.
* We value creating a safe place for bold and meaningful exploration of diverse viewpoints with -- and within -- communities of African descent.
* We value education and learning as powerful lifelong tools for engagement, growth and vitality, and we seek to infuse learning opportunities in all museum activities.
* We value working in partnership with others to foster exchange with the community.
* We value the highest professional museum practices and standards of excellence.
* We value multigenerational and multicultural inclusion and are dedicated to providing an accessible, experience.

Northwest African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts St
Seattle, Washington 98144
United States
Phone 206-518-6000
Twitter @naamnw
Unique Identifier 760835379