Seattle's Wing Luke Asian Museum is now officially part of the National Park Service.
"The Wing" became an "affiliated area" of the park service at a special ceremony Sunday morning.
The museum is named for the northwest's first Asian-American elected official. Wing Luke was a member of the Seattle City Council from 1962 to 1965, when he died in a plane crash.
Luke was instrumental in passing a Seattle ordinance banning racial discrimination in housing.
The museum first opened in 1967 and is now in its third home in the international district.
Supporters say it brings a critical voice to the Asian-American experience.
"Growing up we went to national parks, you know, Yellowstone and Mount Rainier and all that, and now to have Wing Luke recognized as a designated spot, I have great pride in that,” said Tony Chinn.
"We need to make sure that we're celebrating history and heritage of all of America's people and no exception is there. Everybody has to be at the table,” said Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior.
Museum supporters hope the designation will bring the museum increased national exposure.