Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The Unity Museum participated in the recent Light Rail Opening in the University District. The Museum set up for the celebratory event an exhibit about the history of the University District since 1895. Bertha Knight Landes, who was the first female mayor of Seattle from 1926 to 1928, was part of our exhibit, as she lived right up the street from us on The Ave. Little did Bertha know that one day the Light Rail would arrive!

Later on we met with Seattle’s outgoing Mayor Jenny Durkan at a thank-you gathering for us collaborators who worked with her planning team for the festivities around the Light Rail’s arrival in the U District. We invited Mayor Durkan to visit The Unity Museum, and we were pleased that she agreed.


Monday, June 7, 2021

Finally we are in full swing again with physical and virtual tours. We prefer vaccinated visitors, but will allow all to enter with masks, and we insist on social distancing.

We offer a meditation Lounge to get away from the business of traffic and stress in our personal life, and we continue to have regular changing exhibits.

Please plan on visiting us — we look forward to seeing you!!


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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.

A Hidden Gem in the U District

A block from the U District light rail station, you will discover a world of history and ideas (and refreshments!)

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Admission to the museum is always free, Open 11 am to 2:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

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