Good news, Seattle: the Northwest African American Museum is reopening at last! After a pandemic-prompted closure of over two years, the Central District museum is reopening its doors on Martin Luther King Day. On Monday, January 16 you can visit the Northwest African American Museum for the family-friendly reopening celebration as well as the 21+ after party. This free event is a great opportunity for remembering Martin Luther King, Jr., supporting the museum, and connecting with your community.
Read on for all the details!
The January 16 event will be “a celebration of the legacy of Dr. King as well as a meaningful reintroduction of our museum,” according to the museum’s Instagram page. The family-friendly portion of the event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and then will be immediately followed by an after-party for ages 21 and up.
Check out the day’s full schedule below:
- From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. there will be food trucks, music, art galleries, and children’s activities.
- From 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. there will be a Civil Rights film screening.
- From 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. there will be the King Day Keynote Program.
- From 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. youngsters can partake in Kids King Day Soccer Playing with the Seattle Sounders.
- From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ages 21 and up can celebrate the museum’s reopening at the after party.
Admission to this event is free and there is no need to register ahead of time. The museum is located in the Central District, Seattle’s historically Black neighborhood.
There is also a new exhibition being debuted at the Northwest African American Museum. It is called “The Colors of Life: African American Abstract Art and the Regathering of Community.” This exhibition will run from January 16 through June 19, 2023.