The Northwest African American Museum is located at 2300 S. Massachusetts Street (23rd and S. Massachusetts St.) in the heart of Seattle’s Central District, just 2.3 miles or 10 minutes by car, from downtown. Free parking is available in our parking lot, directly outside the museum.
The museum is easy to access via public transportation as well. Please visit King County Metro Trip Planner for directions.
The Museum is housed in the century old Colman School building which overlooks a beautiful sprawling green park named for rock legend Jimi Hendrix, scheduled to open August 2016.
2300 S. Massachusetts Street
Seattle, Washington 98144
Wednesday – Sunday 11am-5pm
Open late on Thursday until 7pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Please see our calendar for holiday closures
Please click on the Google map below for directions to NAAM.
You can also visit King County Metro Trip Planner for public transportation routes and information.
The Northwest African American Museum is wheelchair accessible.
The Museum shares a parking space with the Urban League Village apartments. When visiting us, please be mindful of the parking spots allocated specifically for visitors.
Public tours are available led by trained docents. Please call us at (206) 518-6000 for more information.
Please visit our Events Calendar for NAAM’s public programming and more.
- Jimi Hendrix Park, located just outside the Museum entrance is perfect for a family picnic. ( Park is currently under construction and will re-open August 2016)
- Located just a few blocks south of the Museum is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. This park is a tribute to the slain civil rights leader and features a dynamic sculpture which was inspired by King’s famous mountaintop speech.
- Seward Park boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land, home to eagles’ nests, old growth forest, a 2.4 mile bike and walking path, an amphitheater, a native plant garden, an art studio, miles of hiking trails, shoreline, beaches and more.
Restaurants close by
On a clear day, the building is positioned for amazing views of both Mount Rainier and the Seattle skyline. There are several cafés and restaurants in the immediate area.
- Toshio’s Teriyaki is located on the corner of Rainier Avenue South and S Massachusetts Street two blocks west of NAAM. Another good choice for lunch and dinner.
- Farestart Café is located at the 2100 building on 24th Ave South. We highly recommend going to Farestart for breakfast, lunch or a coffee break. It is about four blocks south of the Museum.
Restaurants within five miles of NAAM
Galleries and Museums
- James and Janie Washington Jr.Foundation: Tour the home of one of Seattle’s most prolific African American sculptors James Washington Jr. Please visit their website for events, tours and details.
- Columbia City Gallery: This gallery is part of the historic Columbia City neighborhood located two miles south of the Museum. Local artist and artisans display their work with pride in this chic little gallery.
- The Wing: Formerly known as the Wing Luke Museum, is located two miles northwest of NAAM in the historic International District. This forty-year-old museum is known for exhibitions that both educate and inspire.
See you at NAAM. If you have any questions please contact us via e-mail or call (206) 518-6000.