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One of the more peculiar small pieces of Capitol Hill is leaving. The Seattle Museum of the Mysteries is, according to its Art Bell-worthy Web site, leaving the space it occupied on East Union for only a few months for a space in the Inscape building, the converted federal Immigration and Naturalization Service building in the International District.
The museum moved to East Union this summer after losing its lease on Broadway and making room for an expansion of the Metrix: Create business. The Washington state nonprofit opened on Broadway in 2004 and has somehow managed to stay in operation with a motley assortment of peculiarities and a lot of enthusiasm.
From their site:
Washington State’s only Paranormal Science Museum
- Come explore the Legends and Lore of the Northwest
- Seattle’s Secret Prohibition History
- UFO History, Bigfoot and Ghost Museum
- Seattle’s only Oxygen Bar
- Ghost Tour – Capitol Hill Historical Ghost Tour
- Tarot Readings – when reader is on site
One notable source of support for the museum has been the Raynier Institute and Foundation. We wrote about the foundation’s support of the museum and other area non-profits here.
Museum operator Charlette LeFevre, despite living north of the ship canal, has been active in the Capitol Hill community and even served as the vice president of the community council for a year before an unsuccessful run for president in 2009. Full disclosure: I served as president of the council during LeFevre’s time with the organization.
LeFevre refused to answer questions for this article and, instead, referred us to the Web for more information.
For the past two years, LeFevre and the museum have been the organizers of the Capitol Hill Pride Festival on Broadway, a street fair on Pride weekend. We’ll see what we can learn about plans for the 2011 event.