Current Exhibits

Current Exhibitions

Sound Spots

The Duwamish Peninsula is full of hot spots where music makes history. These places inspire our community of sound makers and listeners.

Fired Up: Neighborhood Fire Stations on the Duwamish Peninsula. Learn about the history of our fire stations, and hear about how firefighters work even today to keep us safe. Neighborhoods and fire stations grow up together. The relationship of a neighborhood to the fire station that protects it is one of trust, respect, and appreciation. To know that help will arrive quickly in the event of a fire or an injury is reassuring and gives comfort.




Navigating to Alki: Early Maps of the Duwamish Peninsula 

Using historic maps, this exhibit shows the growth and development of the northern Duwamish Peninsula, from its first inhabitants until its annexation by Seattle in 1908.

History Mystery

This corner exhibit invites visitors to investigate three historical objects that may or may not be obvious in nature when first looked upon. When lifting the cover panel, you can see if you guessed correctly and read about the historical objects.


Welcome Home

The third phase of a 3-part exhibit series, Welcome Home discusses what the word “home” has meant to different people living on the Duwamish Peninsula. Based on oral history interviews and photographs from the society’s collection, the exhibit series “Telling Our Westside Stories” brings to life the stories of ordinary people on the Duwamish Peninsula in the decades after the Alki landing in 1851.



SWSHS requires proof of vaccination (or a negative test within 72 hours) for all visitors to the Log House Museum who are 12 years and older. This requirement is in compliance with King County’s mandate. Face coverings are still required in the Log House Museum for all visitors age 5 and older regardless of vaccination status.