Northwest Coast Hall

D. Finnin/© AMNH
The revitalized Northwest Coast Hall features new exhibits developed with Indigenous communities and showcases the creativity, scholarship, and history of the living cultures of the Pacific Northwest.

Organized as a series of alcoves focused on the material culture of 10 Native Nations of the Pacific Northwest, the gallery presents more than 1,000 restored cultural treasures enlivened with new interpretation developed with Consulting Curators from the Coast Salish, Gitxsan, Haida, Haíltzaqv, Kwakwakaw'akw, Nuu-cha-nulth, Nuxalk, Tlingit, and Tsimshian communities.

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Snow-capped mountains in the Northwest Coast region of the United States.

In the Northwest Coast Hall:

  • The iconic 63-foot Great Canoe, the largest Northwest Coast dugout canoe in existence, newly enhanced with Haida and Haíltzaqv design elements
  • 67 monumental carvings, ranging from 3 to 17 feet tall, expertly restored by Museum conservators with guidance from Native experts
  • Magnificent examples of Pacific Northwest Coast material culture with interpretation, storytelling, and dynamic media developed with Native scholars, artists, historians, filmmakers, and language experts and new pieces created specifically for the Hall
  • A rotating gallery of contemporary Northwest Coast Art, opening with Living with the Sea, an exhibit that explores what the ocean means to Northwest Coast peoples, featuring "Whaler's Wife Transforming into a Whale" (2018) by Makah artist Greg Colfax KlaWayHee.
  • Multimedia displays, including a new 11-minute video by Tahltan/Gitxsan filmmaker Michael Borquin, highlighting the persistence of Northwest Coast peoples and their traditions in the face of challenges
  • An exhibit featuring works by present-day Native artists demonstrating how traditional art forms are being interpreted by today's generations
  • Our Voices exhibit highlighting perspectives from Co-Curator Haa'yuups and Consulting Curators on the past, present, and future of life in the Northwest Coast and issues including environmental conservation and racism
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The Museum gratefully recognizes the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust, Jill and Lewis Bernard, and the City of New York, whose leadership support has made the restoration of the Northwest Coast Hall possible.

Critical support has also been provided by The Selz Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Family of Ned Hayes.

The conservation of painted monumental carvings has been made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
under grant number MA-30-17-0260-17.

The contemporary art gallery is supported by
the Henry Luce Foundation.

Additional support has been provided by the Nath Family,
the Stockman Family Foundation, Bank of America, 
the Gilbert & Ildiko Butler Family Foundation,
and David and Susan Rockefeller.

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