Location & Admission


The Northwest African American Museum is housed in the historic Colman School building (built in 1909) which overlooks a beautiful, sprawling green park, named after rock legend, Jimi Hendrix, in the heart of Seattle’s Central District. It’s  just 2.3 miles or 10 minutes by car, from downtown. 

2300 S. Massachusetts Street
Seattle, Washington 98144 

*Free parking is available in our parking lot, directly outside the museum. Please park in museum parking only (labeled MUSEUM), as there is resident parking in the other spots.

The museum is easy to access via public transportation as well. Please visit King County Metro Trip Planner for directions. 


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. 

Construction re-routes of King County Metro Routes 4 and 48

Road Construction Update

We want to ensure you’re aware that construction on 23rd Ave S from S Jackson St to Rainier Ave S  is currently underway for the Seattle Department of Transportation’s 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements Project. There are construction re-routes of King County Metro Routes 4 and 48.

One of the first steps of construction is the closure of southbound 23rd Ave S, with a detour to Martin Luther King Jr Way S, from S Jackson St to S Massachusetts St. This detour is expected to last for the duration of construction, or approximately one year.

Northbound traffic will be maintained on 23rd Ave S. Please see our flyer for more information on what to expect during construction.


Wednesday – Sunday 11am-5pm
Open late on Thursdays 11am-7pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Admission pricing:

Adult (13-61)-$7
Child (4-12)-$5
Student (w/student ID)-$5
Seniors (62 and older)-$5
Members and children 3 and younger-Free

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. 

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 2019 are Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 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.