Get Here

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 historic Colman School building (built in 1909) which overlooks a beautiful sprawling green park named for rock legend Jimi Hendrix. 

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. 

 Free days at NAAM

We want you to enjoy the art, history and culture of people of African descent in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, without cost being a barrier.

You may already have a way to visit us for free or at a reduced price right in your wallet!

We offer:

  • Free First Thursday
  • Admission by Donation Days
  • Visitor Admission Partnerships and Special Offers

Free First Thursday

NAAM is one of several city museums that offer free museum admission on Free First Thursday. Free First Thursday means that all guests are admitted free of charge. This is a great option for group outings. We do not offer guided tours on this day but we do have a self -guided tour of the Journey Gallery through the app. (link to

Admission by Donation

On Admission by Donation Days, guests are invited to donate for admission. These days often coincide with our large community events. Admission by donation days for 2018 are The MLK Day celebration and The Roots Picnic.

Visitor Admission Partners

NAAM has partnered with national and local nonprofits, libraries and businesses to offer free or reduced rate admission. Click on the logo to learn more about our Visitor Admission Partners.

Credit card and account holders of Bank of America use their card for admission.
Must show I.D.









Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, active duty military, plus 5 guests are admitted free of charge.
Must show I.D.






SPL cardholders have access to free admission to participating Seattle-based museums. Up to 4 per pass. Must show I.D.













Cardholders have access to free admission to participating Seattle-based museums. Up to 4 per pass. Must show I.D.


$1.00 off regular admission.
Must show AAA membership card