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November 20, 2013 at 6:00 AM

5 great little museums for a winter road trip

The Pacific Northwet’s cold-weather months are museum season. When cold or rain put the chill on your weekend getaway, step inside to a warm world of interest and information. Here are five great little museums worth a stop on a Western Washington road trip:

Visitors gather around a historical canoe at the Suquamish Museum. (photo by Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

Visitors gather around a historical canoe at the Suquamish Museum. (photo by Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

Suquamish Museum, Suquamish, Kitsap County

This sparkling museum opened in 2012 in the hometown of Chief Seattle, for whom the big city was named. Learn about his people in an easy-to-navigate display that includes a poignant film documenting the tribe’s happy times — old-time salmon bakes — and tragedies, such as tribal children’s forced attendance of English-speaking, military-type schools. See a dress made of woven cedar fibers alongside a championship jacket from the 1984 national Indian Slo-Pitch Tournament. $3-$5. More about the museum here.

World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame, Long Beach, Pacific County

Tour the collection of more than 1,500 kites from 26 countries. They range from colorful butterflies, to fierce faces of Japanese warrior kites, to an

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November 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Bellingham’s ‘Vanishing Ice’ exhibit blends climate politics, art

"Adelies, 2008" by Alexis Rockman, an artwork of oil on wood, is part of the "Vanishing Ice" exhibit in Bellingham. (Collection of Robin and Steven Arnold)

“Adelies, 2008” by Alexis Rockman, an artwork of oil on wood, is part of the “Vanishing Ice” exhibit in Bellingham. (Collection of Robin and Steven Arnold)

Get in the latest conversation about global warming, through art, with a trip to Bellingham to see the Whatcom Museum’s groundbreaking new exhibit, “Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775-2012.”

Promoters describe the exhibit, which opened Sunday, thusly:

“Showcasing the beauty and attraction of Earth’s frozen frontiers through 90 works of art from 12 countries, ‘Vanishing Ice’ frames a unique body of art within the context of climate change. This cultural perspective reveals the importance of alpine and polar landscapes in shaping Western consciousness about nature, and helps inform the environmental challenges faced today.”

Featured works range from Finnish photographer Tiina Itkonen’s image of

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April 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

May is a month of history events in the San Juans — with a new small cruise ship to take you there

Want to take an evening walk to the haunted spots of Friday Harbor? Maybe take a guided tour of Roche Harbor and the founding father’s quirky mausoleum in the fashion of a Greek ruin?

Saloon Best is known today as the Blue Water Bar and Grill. Built about 1874, it is the oldest building in Friday Harbor. (photo courtesy University of Washington Archives)

Saloon Best, known today as the Blue Water Bar and Grill, is among sights on the Historic Downtown Friday Harbor walk. Built about 1874, it is the oldest building in town. (photo courtesy University of Washington Archives)

Free guided walks every weekend in May are among offerings in the San Juan Islands as part of national Preservation Month, designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Park Service to celebrate history and historic places. In the San Juans, they’ve declared it Heritage Month.

Here’s what’s on the calendar:

SAN JUAN ISLAND

  • May 4: Historic Downtown Friday Harbor walk, 10 a.m. from Memorial Park, Front and Spring streets.
  • May 5-11: Bloom Week, concluding with
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