The Museum & Arts Center is Sequim's cultural history and art museum. The ALL VOLUNTEER non-profit organization owns and operates three Sequim-facilities—the Historic Dungeness Schoolhouse, ( 2781 Towne Rd ) Museum & Arts Exhibit Center, ( 175 W Cedar St ) and the Sequim Museum & Arts Administration Center 544 N Sequim Ave.


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    Welcome to Sequim Museum & Arts

175 West Cedar St.
Sequim, WA 98382
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We are open
from 11-3 pm Wednesday through Saturday
During the 1st Friday Art Walk from 5-8pm
Please come in and visit our ongoing displays
Donations are welcome

             Local Artist Priscilla Messner-Patterson

                                                                      Displays her talent during the Month of August Priscilla20in20Arbor20DSC02981

 After living for 23 years on rugged Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, Priscilla welcomes the views of farmland, mountains and seacoast as well as the sunny days of  the Sequim Valley.While in Kodiak, Priscilla taught art at Kodiak College for nearly 18 years. She painted wildlife, landscapes and still life before she began specializing in aviation related subjects in 1994. She is an award winning member of the American Society of Aviation Artists as well as a member of the Canadian Aviation Artists Association, the Northwest Air Force Art Association and the Coast Guard and Air Force Art Programs. She is certified in Composite Drawing for Law Enforcement. She has served as Education Chairman for the American Society of Aviation Artists since 2003 which includes overseeing their Mentoring Program and writing a quarterly education article for the organization’s journal, Aero Brush. Her husband, a former Navy and U.S. Fish & Wildlife pilot is her “best friend, biggest help and toughest critic.”
   Priscilla is one of forty women in business featured in the 2002 Alaska Journal of Commerce and has won numerous awards and honors in the aviation art community including the American Society of Aviation Artists, Simuflite and Aviation Week and Space Technology. She is the recipient of the 2012 American Society of Aviation Artists Distinguished Service Award. Original paintings are featured in Alaska, Canada and the lower 48 states.
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August 19                                       "Sequim Prairie Nights"

           Sponsored by Sequim Museum & Arts, KSQM 91.5 FM & all the volunteers at the Sequim Prairie Nights

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Car Show Fundraiser for Sequim Museum

Larry Perry has been dreaming about having a car show in downtown Sequim for a decade. He discussed it with wife Lynda for years about how to get it together & make it a reality. In 2016, Larry asked Judy Reandeau Stipe to be a partner in the event & it evolved into a fundraiser for the Sequim Museum & Arts. Going forward to obtain a permit, the biggest "car show in downtown Sequim" began to take shape & dozens have been working long hours to pull this together. The merchants love it because no outside vendors will be on the 2 blocks of Washington Street from Sequim Avenue to 3rd Avenue where the cars will be parked on display. Shopping, food & everything will be right on our Main Street so it is an opportunity for everyone to see what we offer downtown. "Music, entertainment, drawings, & lots of beautiful cars to see in one central location is our goal" said Perry, a local business owner. He plans to attract an amazing array of vehicles, both from the Peninsula & far away, to stir the "old car" feelings in everyone. 

We are proud to use the "Sequim Prairie Nights" event to remember the lives of two long time Peninsula businessmen Louie Rychlik & Nick Schuhmacher. Louie & Nick were "car lovers" since they were young, & their vehicles were selected for the graphics of the show posters & t-shirts. Louie's purple T-Bucket was commonly seen around town on sunny days & anyone who wanted a ride wouldn't be turned down. Nick, a Sequim resident, who operated "Crazy Nick's" used car lot in Port Angeles, restored the black 1948 Chevy cab-over truck, that all the old truck enthusiasts gathered around wherever it was parked. Both men were very excited about the car show & cruise because of the memories brought to life by those "beautiful old metal gems".

The 1950 white Mercury on the poster is owned & restored by local celebrity Bobby Rose of the 1950's singing group "The Pretenders". This pristine all-white treasure brings traffic to a stop anywhere it goes around Sequim. Bobby will be live on KSQM from 8-4 pm on August 19 when announcements will be made throughout the day about the winners of the drawings & other activities. Roll up your t-shirts, squeeze into those poodle skirts & slick back your hair because we are going back in time. Olympic Mountain Dancers will perform at 2:30 & the Port Scandalous Roller Derby members will be on site during the show to sell drawing tickets. These women athletes are really talented & if you've never seen them skate before, you are in for real treat! Face painting & free drawings for children will be going on throughout the show.

A presentation of tools will be made to the Sequim High School Auto Shop at the bandstand on Washington & 2nd Avenue at noon. Tickets are being sold to support this cause & the winner with the lucky ticket will be the proud owner of a Sequim Police metal "kiddy car". A great item for the den or shop because we no longer can fit into those little pedal cars! Many other tools, gift certificates & prizes will be up grabs during the day's drawings. The star of the show for the drawings will be the Gull Sign that stood on Washington Street for years. Lots of interest in that big old piece of history that was located east of the center of town. The sign remained for years after the service station was gone. Competition for the sign has taken on a life of it's own. You can buy your tickets at the Sequim Museum & Arts, 175 Cedar Street. It is open from 11 am - 3 pm, Wed - Sat. & First Friday Art Walk, Aug. 4 from 4-8 pm.

The 30 mile cruise will follow the close of the car show & showcase the best scenery in the area. Maps will be available before & at the show so onlookers can see the parade of vehicles at their best, on the road. Bruce Lindquist & Rich Odem have been organizing for months to coordinate this effort. They are still needing volunteers to help direct cars, so if you are interested, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It is great use of your time for a great cause, no pay, no gain; just a huge appreciation from your community & lots of fun!

Judy Reandeau Stipe spoke about the energetic volunteers of the show, "people like local artist Todd Fischer, who drew the picture of the three cars with surrounding background, did not charge for his excellent professional work & no one could have done a better graphic. I was stunned by how Todd caught the personalities of those vehicles & their owners. This is how we do things in Sequim, no expectations of payment, just giving because it feels good!" Randy Perry, Michael Wright, Skip Kratzer, Steve Simons, along with the KSQM gang Linda & Jim Hindes & Josh Flynn are tapping all their resources of time, materials & expertise to see that this car show is a huge success. 

Judy Reandeau Stipe
Director Sequim Museum & Arts
Cell 602-312-8868

Lynda Perry | Owner | In Graphic Detail, LLC
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577 W. Washington Street, Suites A & B | Sequim, WA 98382


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        A mammoth find in Sequim

Mammoth Skull

                                                                                          Photo: Burke Museum

The partial skull of a Columbian mammoth was found near Sequim earlier this month and is now undergoing conservation at the Burke Museum. Pictured are the upper teeth.

A partial skull of what’s likely a Columbian mammoth was found along an eroded bluff near Sequim, Washington, earlier this month! Local residents spotted the teeth of the mammoth skull while walking on state Department of Natural Resources land and contacted officials who put them in touch with Burke paleontologists.

Christian Sidor, Burke Museum curator of vertebrate paleontology, and Bruce Crowley, Burke fossil lab manager, went to investigate and help collect the specimen. They found that the largest portion of the fossil—the upper jaw containing two massive teeth—had already come completely out of the bluff where it had resided for thousands of years. However, there were smaller pieces of the fossil still embedded at the base of the bluff.

“The fossil is preserved in rocks that represent a gravelly river bed,” Christian said.  “The animal must have died close to the river, been swept in (or scavenged), and then its skull was eventually buried.” The cobble-like layer of rock and sand surrounding the fossil indicates that it is likely 50,000-100,000 years old.

Columbian mammoths (mammuthus columbi) once roamed from Alaska to Mexico and are the most common species of mammoth fossil found in this part of Washington state—so common, in fact, that the Columbian mammoth is the Washington state fossil. Several other mammoth fossils have been found in the Olympic Peninsula region in recent years are available for study in the Burke’s paleontology collection (you can view the fossils in our online paleontology collections database). 

Now that the fossil is at the Burke, the conservation process has begun! Conservation starts with carefully removing any remaining rock and sediment from the fossil—a fairly simple task given how soft the surrounding land was. However, the step of putting the pieces together likely won’t be as simple.

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The back of the skull in the Burke’s fossil prep lab.

While the specimen is at the Burke, Christian hopes to learn more about it. “Analysis of the teeth would allow us to estimate the age of the individual, but based on its size it appears to be an adult,” he said about the find, noting that “each one provides an important piece of data on our region’s natural history.” 

“Vertebrate fossils are important objects that shouldn’t be viewed as trophies,” he stressed. “Bringing the fossil to the attention of the Burke Museum assures that the scientific community can access the data contained within the specimen and that is available to the people of Washington in perpetuity.” 

What’s next for the Sequim mammoth fossil? "Once it is stabilized, documented, and preliminarily studied, the Sequim Museum is interested in displaying the specimen,” Christian said. “My goal is to work with the local museum to get the fossil on display soon.”              


Ross Hamilton is a 45 year veteran explorer of the Olympic Peninsula and a 50 year student of his art. His long standing pursuit of excellence and accuracy has earned him the respect of those who treasure the beauty of the Olympics. His straightforward style celebrates the beauty of his subjects with little embellishment. For him, the original cannot be improved upon. Though his passions run deep, he lays little claim to artistic achievement, thinking himself to be a 'copy boy' for the Creator's art. Come in and view his new canvasses &  2016 Calendar for sale !




 Drop in and see our newest and permanent exhibit "Boys in the Boat". The story of the 1936 Olympic Games “Gold Medal Winner” Joe Rantz from Sequim.

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History Exhibits

The Museum & Arts Center Center, 175 W. Cedar St. in Sequim, has several new history exhibits on display.

These include displays of vintage garments, Sequim Police, Logging, maritime instruments and tools, sailing ship models, Aviation & Air strips, Farming equipment, irrigation, "Boys in The Boat" gold medalist winner Joe Rantz from Sequim and S'klallam tribal Longhouse display. The Manis Mastodon exhibit includes a display of a Mastodon tusk and mammoth teeth along with a brief movie showing the excavasion of the local findings.

The Exhibit Center hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Admission is by donation. Call 360-683-8110 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 Sequim Museum & Arts Board meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at our Administration Center, located at 544 N Sequim Avenue at 8:00am
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175 W. Cedar St.
Sequim, WA 98382
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544 North Sequim, Avenue
Sequim, WA 98382
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