Online Exhibits

Life on the Cut

A snapshot of the neighborhoods along the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

Urban Refugees: The 1978 Housing Crisis

The conversion of apartment buildings to condominiums caused a housing crunch for renters in the late 1970s.

Salmon Bay Sawmills

A glimpse of the Ballard mills in 1915.

Redlining in Seattle

A look at the city's efforts to address discriminatory lending practices identified in a 1975 report by the Central Seattle Community Council Federation.

Caring, Commitment and Support: 20 Years of Domestic Partnership Registration in Seattle

Timeline of legislation and other events that led to legal domestic partnerships in the city.

A City at Work: Images from the Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection

A wide-ranging display of images from the Photograph Collection, highlighting the history, work, and accomplishments of Seattle city government.

Strength & Stamina: Women in the Fire Department

The story of the courage, hard work, and perseverance it took for women to enter the all-male world of firefighting in Seattle.

AYPE: A Memorable Enterprise

A behind-the-scenes look at Seattle city government's role in preparing the city for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909.

Pike Place Market Centennial

A brief history of the market's first hundred years, including its founding and development, its farmers and shoppers, and the citizen initiative that saved it from urban renewal in the 1970s.

The Seattle Open Housing Campaign, 1959-1968

The story of the long struggle for fair housing legislation in Seattle, as told through photographs, documents, and audio clips.

Annexed Cities

Eight small towns were annexed to Seattle between 1905 and 1910, some enthusiastically and some reluctantly. This exhibit takes a look at the history of four of those towns and how they became part of the city.

Seattle's City Halls

A look at city halls throughout Seattle's history, from the first building constructed for city government offices to the new city hall that opened in 2003.

Women in City Government

An exhibit illustrating women's employment and involvement in Seattle city government and their stories and struggles in finding their "places" in the City.

Historical Postcards

A small collection of postcards provides a flavor of Seattle's charm during the early years of the 20th Century. Parks, buildings, and other Seattle sites are represented in this collection.

Upper Skagit Watershed

Photography documenting Seattle City Light activities over more than half a century. These images illustrate the changing landscape, human activities, natural history, and wildlife of the Skagit River and its tributary watersheds.

Flickr page

A selection of photos, documents, maps, and other materials from our collections.