Northwest Coast Hall

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

The gallery is organized as a series of alcoves focused on the material culture of 10 Native Nations of the Pacific Northwest and presents more than 1,000 restored cultural treasures, enlivened with new interpretation developed with Consulting Curators from the Coast Salish, Gitxsan, Haida, Haíłzaqv, Kwakwaka'wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, Nuxalk, Łingít|Tlingit, and Tsimshian communities.

These treasures include 67 monumental carvings, ranging from 3 to 17 feet tall, which were expertly restored by Museum conservators with guidance from Native experts and other magnificent examples of Pacific Northwest Coast material culture with interpretation, storytelling, and dynamic media developed with Native scholars, artists, historians, filmmakers, and language experts, as well as new pieces created specifically for the Hall.

Map designates locations of the northwest coast nations along the western coast of the United States and Canada.

Northwest Coast Hall is included with any admission. 

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Voices of the Native Northwest Coast

This 11-minute video by Tahltan/Gitxsan filmmaker Michael Borquin, presented in the gallery, highlights the persistence of Northwest Coast peoples and their traditions in the face of challenges. 

The adjacent Our Voices exhibit highlights perspectives from Co-Curator Ḥaa’yuups and Consulting Curators on the past, present, and future of life in the Northwest Coast and issues including environmental conservation and racism.

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.