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A Museum for the New Century

Highline has a rich heritage to share - from our fire and ice-filled archaeological past, dynamic Native American cultures, and pioneers with extraordinary vision - to recent and present day leaders committed to bringing our communities into the 21st century as good places to live, raise our families and conduct business.

Unlike the traditional museums of the mid-1900’s, focused on acquiring collections and putting them on exhibit in glass cases - the museum of the new century is a place that preserves the past by telling stories about a particular place, time or event. In fact, at our new Highline Heritage Museum we will truly be able to say “History Happens Here!”

It’s Time to Celebrate the Heritage of the People of Highline

The Highline Historical Society understands that for the people of Highline, heritage is personal. It’s about you and the many gifts passed on to you by your family, your culture and your community. It’s what we do with our heritage that makes history and builds a stronger community.

Our Museum

Highline Heritage Museum architect's rendering

Location: The new 14,900 sq. ft. museum will be located on prime property owned by the Highline Historical Society. The corner of Ambaum Boulevard SW and SW 152nd Street in Burien teems with pedestrian and shopping activity. Drivers who are stopped at the traffic signal will be visually captured by the building’s windows, which greet visitors with oversized images of Highline’s pioneer faces.

We are creating a “green museum.” Just as a museum preserves our history and the curator’s team carefully tends papers and artifacts, the new museum will set standards of environmental stewardship by using earthfriendly materials, a green roof, water efficient features and geo-thermal climate control.

Our Collections and Programs

The stories of the people of Highline are waiting to be told. Within the Society’s storage facility, our curator is at work with a team of volunteers. They are cataloging a growing collection of local history, objects and archives for exhibition and research. Currently we have over 35,000 3-dimensional items and we’ve captured more than 175 oral histories of the people of Highline. Our storage is bursting at the seams and open by appointment only. Public demand for our community historical programs and exhibits is also growing.

View the Ground Floor Plan
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Results of the Museum Survey