Ushered in by pageantry from numerous Freemason officials from across the state, the new Sequim Museum & Arts facility opened its doors to the community on July 6.
The 6,500-square-foot building at 544 N. Sequim Ave. saw several hundred interested resident and area dignitaries celebrate the museum’s grand opening Saturday, perusing the displays of area history such as the Manis mastodon exhibit, the newly-christened Judith McInnes Tozzer art gallery and, with 1984 Olympic Games gold medalist Matt Dryke and family present, a display of Sequim’s gold medalists: Dryke and 1936 crew medal winner Joe Rantz.
“This museum and art will preserve its rich history for long into the future,” Freemason Grand Orator Jimmy Norton told a crowd, just before the museum’s doors opened to a throng of visitors.
“You may find yourself coming back again and again,” he said.
Sequim Museum & Arts will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, with private tours by appointment.
Executive director Judy Reandeau Stipe said admission rates are still being considered but that staff will accept donations.