Peter Van Ness Memorial

Founding Board Member
Cornelius Peter Van Ness III
September 29, 1939–May 1, 2020

With deep sadness in our hearts we share with you news of the passing of our founding Board member Peter Van Ness on May 1, 2020.

Born into a family with historical contributions since the 17th century, he believed in the destiny of this country and its ultimate impact on world peace.

Peter was deeply committed to the formation, funding, and vision of The Unity Museum since its early stages in 2009. He strongly held the ideal of social justice bringing together and uniting mankind as time goes by. He lost his ardent fight with cancer during this complicated time of isolation and global pandemic.

As a graduate of Lakeside Academy, University of Washington, and Harvard Business School, he was well prepared to take on a leadership role that allowed The Unity Museum to grow and develop its exhibits and curricula to leave behind a long-lasting impact.

We warmly invite you to contribute to the newly established

Peter Van Ness Memorial

This Memorial will assist the Museum to carry on research, offer and support higher educational studies, provide docent services, and allow for expansion of future projects.

We would be most grateful for your generous contributions in memory of Peter.

Museum closed again due to new COVID-19 restrictions

Due to the resurgence of COVID-19, Gov Jay Inslee has announced new restrictions for the next four weeks, which include the requirement for museums and certain other businesses to be closed, to slow the current rampant spread of the coronavirus. The Unity Museum will be closed until these restrictions are lifted. Please keep yourself and everyone else safe by staying at home, wearing a mask, and practicing good hygiene and social distancing.

We are finally open again

We finally have reached Phase 3 in Seattle, and our Museum is open again with social distancing and careful sterilizing in place. We allow up to eight visitors at one time.

Our latest exhibit is on the last 200 years of pandemics and their impact on our neighborhood. This in addition to our famous History Train exploration. Plus, we have received our Sidewalk Exhibit permit for the next six months.

Come and visit us, weather permitting. We are enjoying our much-expanded reading and reference library in place, along with some fresh coffee or tea. Our new visiting hours are from 11:00-1:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sundays.

Welcome back to our students this year, including those from Oregon State University.

Call us anytime at 206-390-9982.