Seattle Veterans Museum

This museum is truly a labor of respect and dedication by museum founder, Todd Crooks. Its mission is to honor United States veterans and educate the Puget Sound community about the sacrifices our veterans have made for their country and freedom; their motto is “To Honor and Educate.”

Outside the museum is a long, granite Memorial Wall engraved with the names of Washington soldiers who were killed in action. The museum is located underneath the Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

This small museum is filled with an impressive collection of authentic memorabilia from the Civil War, World War I and through to the current war in Iraq. The reader boards tell some moving stories. For example, visitors can read a beautifully written letter by a civil war soldier to his wife, penned a week before he was killed. A revolutionary war soldier stands guard in one corner.

Exhibits include Army, Navy and Air Force uniforms, photographs, weapons, currency, helmets, banners, flags, medals, medical supplies, model aircraft and much more; some are personal items donated by Seattle area soldiers. Take some time to read the various newspaper articles lining the walls.

The museum’s volunteers are enthusiastic and will tell you stories about various artifacts on display. Postcards and other souvenir items, including secondhand military books are available for purchase.

The SEATTLE VETERANS MUSEUM (located on 2nd Ave between Union and University streets [west side of Benaroya Hall] in downtown Seattle, WA; phone 425/821-0489, visit www.seattleveteransmuseum.org) is open Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., as well as Memorial Day, July 4 and Veteran’s Day. Admission is free (donations welcome). Allow about an hour to tour this museum.