Elwha Klallam Heritage Center

About Us

The Heritage Center opened in 2010, and was created to be a training center and temporary office space for tribal programs.

The č̕ixʷícən village artifacts were moved from The Burke Museum in Seattle and placed on display in 2013. In 2016 we added the new Elwha River Dam exhibit.

We currently house the tribe’s TANF and vocational rehab programs, while also serving as an affordable event rental space for the community.

The Exhibits

The ancient tribal village of č̕ixʷícən was uncovered by the Washington State Department of transportation in 2003 when they attempted to construct a graving dock to repair the ailing Hood Canal Bridge. The earliest confirmed settlement at the village site dates to 750 B.C, and was in use until the 1930’s when the local mills pushed the villagers out of the area. Over time the village was covered in 15-30 feet of backfill which preserved much of its historical significance. Artifacts discovered at the village site are only on display at the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center.

The Elwha River Dam Removal project is the largest in US history. Come learn about why it was necessary, and the steps we are taking to foster ecological growth in the area in this family friendly and engaging exhibit.

Rental Information

We have three rooms that are available to the public for rent. The Conference Room (Eagle’s Nest) holds up to 49 and is an ideal setting for business meetings, trainings, and family gatherings. The Art Room (Raven’s Edge) seats 24 and is well suited to small gatherings such as clubs, conference calls, or luncheons. Our Great Hall is also available to rent and would be a spectacular host to weddings, fundraisers, and lectures.

Our kitchen is fully equipped with a walk in fridge and freezer, four sandwich cold stations, deep fryer, convection oven and a smoker. We are the perfect venue to offer small cooking courses, or to prepare goods for market.

%10 discount is available for non-profits. Please inquire.


401 E First St
Port Angeles WA 98362
Open Tuesday through Friday
8am – 5pm

Copper salmon sculpture as well as the copper artwork by: Clark Mundy and Alfred Charles Jr.

Building Architecture by: Mike Gentry of Gentry Architecture.

Who We Are

  • Suzie Bennett – Manager
  • Chrissi Ducotey – Reception/Admin Assistant
  • Rachel Hagaman – Economic Development
  • Jim Allen – Vocational Rehab
  • Tammie Stevens/Becky Charles – TANF/GA
  • Melissa Gilman – TANF
  • Kodi Luvaas – Maintenance