VIDEO: Ye Olde Curiosity Shop exhibit closes

through fall 2015
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Museum to close Nov. 26-29 for exhibit transition

Our Ye Olde Curiosity Shop focus area was taken down on Tuesday, Nov. 17, after having been open for 14 months at our museum. Our next exhibit — a smaller version of “Keep Clam and Carry On,” the story of West Seattle native, restaurateur, folksinger and Port of Seattle Commissioner Ivar Haglund, originally put on by the Nordic Heritage Museum — will open in December. To allow for the exhibit transition, our museum will be closed during the four-day Thanksgiving weekend of Thursday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 29, and will reopen on our regular schedule on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015.


This video covers the Oct. 24, 2014, opening ceremony of the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop focus area of our “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum.

To view a transcript of the ceremony, click here. (Transcript by volunteer Kristen Legg.)

Participants are Joe James, 90-year-old grandson of founder and prominent West Seattleite Joseph “Daddy” Standley; Joe’s son, Andy James; and Andy’s son, Neil James; as well as Peg Boettcher, “chief wrangler” for the shop who curated the focus area. Introducing the group is Marcy Johnsen, president of our historical society.

The Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, a prominent tourist attraction of the Seattle waterfront since it opened in 1899, closed Oct. 1, 2014, to allow seawall reconstruction, and it reopened July 1, 2015.

The Admiral-district home of Joseph Standley, in which grandson Joe James grew up, was the site of the historical society’s “If These Walls Could Talk” home tour on Sunday, June 28, 2015. For more information, click here.