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Nearly 200 galleries and five excellent art museums in the Seattle area allow you access to exhibits of every kind. However, you need not enter a gallery to experience great art. Seattle was one of the first cities in the nation to enact a program to integrate art in public projects and you'll find art in unexpected places throughout the city.

Seattle is widely known as a center for glass art, and our legendary natural beauty is enhanced by spectacular public displays. World-famous glass artist Dale Chihuly's work graces public areas from the stunning chandeliers at Benaroya Hall to the Seaforms at the Seattle Aquarium, while many other top artists in the region are setting new standards for this historic and popular art form.

When it comes to architecture, Seattle is again showing an innovative edge, and the eyepopping Central Library, the psychedelic EMP museum, and the contemplative St Ignatius chapel are just a few of the better known examples. 

From historic Pioneer Square to the funky Fremont district, art is all around.

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If you take a look at the Seattle skyline, you will find much more than just a row of highrises. The late New York Times critic Herbert Muschamp called the new Seattle Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas, "the most exciting new building it has been my honor to review in more than 30 years of writing about architecture." More...


Art Museums
Seattle is an art lover's dream come true. Home to an extensive collection of art pieces, Seattle is also fortunate to be on the map for many internationally recognized traveling exhibits. More...


Art Galleries
With nearly 200 art galleries dotting almost every neighborhood, it is no wonder that both artists and art enthusiasts keep flocking towards Seattle. Whether you find yourself searching for contemporary art in the eclectic neighborhood of Capitol Hill, or glass art in historic Pioneer Square, you will have no trouble filling an afternoon...or two! More...


Media Arts
Whether you want to master your own craft, or just experience the brilliance of others, Seattle should be your next destination. We host some of the most innovative film festivals in the country, and we're building a strong reputation for film culture as well. More...

Public Art
Seattle was one of the first cities in the nation to enact a program to include art in public projects. We embraced the artist's role in our community and commissioned artists to work on projects such as custom designing manhole covers and civic plazas. More...


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Many Seattle neighborhoods host monthly art walks with new show openings, extended hours, music, food and more. Photo by Dumb Eyes.