Seattle Announces Inaugural Museum Month

News Release
January 13, 2015

Contact:
David Blandford
(206) 461-5806, dblandford@visitseattle.org

Seattle Announces Inaugural Museum Month

Hotel Guests Offered 50% Off Admission at More Than 40 Museums throughout February

SEATTLE – Visit Seattle announced today the inaugural Seattle Museum Month, which offers visitors 50 percent off admission at more than 40 participating museums throughout Seattle and the region, February 1-28, 2015.

The offers are valid for guests staying at one of 54 downtown Seattle hotels. Guests must present an official Seattle Museum Month guest pass at participating museums to redeem the discounts; these discounts will be valid for all guests staying in the hotel room (not to exceed four people) during hotel stay dates.

Participating museums are located in Seattle and throughout the region, including King, Pierce and Kitsap counties. Participating Seattle museums include the Seattle Art Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Museum of History & Industry, Museum of Flight, EMP Museum, Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Henry Art Gallery, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Other participating museums throughout the region include the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue and the USS Turner Joy in Bremerton. Visitors can check the Seattle Museum Month web site for a full list of participating museums at www.seattlemuseummonth.com.

A number of participating museums – including some with regularly free admission – will also offer films, lectures, tours and other special programming during Seattle Museum Month.

Patrons must stay in one of the participating hotels in order to access Seattle Museum Month offers. The discount offer will be honored for qualifying visitors for all days that participating museums are open in February, subject only to capacity.  Some separate, specially ticketed exhibitions, programs and events at various participating museums are not included in Seattle Museum Month.

Seattle Museum Month is produced by Visit Seattle and funded by the Seattle Tourism Improvement Area (STIA), a dedicated marketing fund assessed from guests at the 54 downtown Seattle hotels. Seattle Museum Month is being marketed in Seattle’s key tourism feeder markets of Portland, Vancouver, B.C., Northern California, Chicago and Denver. Additionally, it is being promoted regionally as an opportunity for locals to “be cultural tourists in their own backyard.”

“Whether our skies outside are gray or blue, in February there will always be something interesting to enjoy inside the walls of these 40-plus organizations,” said Tracey Wickersham, Director of Cultural Tourism at Visit Seattle.  “We have a remarkable collection of outstanding museums in Seattle and the Puget Sound region, offering fun and unique ways to explore art, history and culture. And, 50 percent off admission, or in some cases free admission, makes February the perfect time to visit Seattle.”

The program goal is to increase hotel room nights as well as museum attendance during the month of February. Additionally, the program’s marketing exposure is expected to have a long-term positive business impact for participating organizations and the region.

Visit Seattle thanks 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and STQRY for supporting Seattle Museum Month.


About Visit Seattle:

Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region.

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