Olympic Park History & Museums: Ozette Archaeological Site, Washington

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Ozette Archaeological Site

Located near the coastal town of La Push, the Ozette Site was once the location of a massive archaeological dig that is pertinent to the history of the Makah tribe. Read More

What can I see and do at the Ozette Site?

If you’re into Native American history, you’ll certainly be fascinated by the story of the Ozette Archaeological Site, where Makah tribe members and archaeologists from Washington State University unearthed more than 55,000 artifacts spanning 2,000 years of Makah life.

Around 1700, a massive mudslide covered the Lake Ozette Makah Village. The mud, while rendering the village unlivable, served to preserve much of what was there until post-storm tidal erosion exposed the remains in the early 1970s.

After 11 years of excavation, tens of thousands of wooden tools, fishing paraphernalia, toys and games, weapons, and much more was discovered at the Ozette Site. These items were made from a variety of other materials including sea shells, animal teeth, and materials apparently discovered from ship wrecks.

Many of the items are now in the Makah Cultural Center museum in Neah Bay. The site itself, however, has been filled, but you can view a small replica longhouse here and a plaque that marks the site.

Where is the Ozette Site?

The site is located just off Highway 101. Take the 101 to Highway 112 to Hoki-Ozette Road, which leads to the site.

When is the Ozette Site open?

The site can be visited at any time.

How much does the Ozette Site cost?

There is no charge for viewing the excavation site though there is a charge for the Makah Museum at Neah Bay, where many of the treasures are housed. ($5 adults, $4 students, seniors, and military; kids under 5 are free)

Who can I call if I have more questions?

As the site is park of Olympic National Park, you can get more information by calling the park service at 360-565-3130 or the Makah Museum at 360-645-2711, or visit their website.