Delve into Puget Sound’s history from the 1790s to today in an award-winning exhibit that combines artifacts, images, hands-on activities, and multimedia presentations. Discover how the dramatic environment, diverse population, connections to the broader world, and inventive spirit have shaped its history.

True Northwest traverses through the real Seattle journey, from an age when Native American cultures first came into contact with Europeans, to the growth of a mill town and seaport, and the region’s transformation into a major global hub. Find out how the city rebuilt after a devastating fire, made a fortune in a legendary gold rush, reshaped its natural setting, boomed during two World Wars and two World’s Fairs, and challenged the status quo in the 20th century. See artifacts from innovators who had a major impact on the world, and hear first-person stories from the men and women who shaped the region. True Northwest offers engaging experiences for visitors of all ages.

True Northwest has been honored by the American Alliance of Museums with awards for outstanding interactive experiences and multimedia installations, and has been recognized by the Washington Museum Association with the Award of Excellence.