Courtesy OTA Fine Arts, Yayoi Kusama

Exhibiting Now

Here in the Emerald City, institutions exist for history buffs, art enthusiasts, kiddos, and even pop culture fanatics. So it’s no surprise that there are some excellent exhibits on display in 2017.

Seattle Art Museum (*1300 First Ave; seattleartmuseum.org) presents Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors (June 30–Sep 10), which examines the legendary Japanese pop minimalist’s career and surreal mirror room installations. Additional engaging art can be found hanging at the always-free Frye Art Museum (*704 Terry Ave; fryemuseum.org) or displayed throughout the inside and exterior of Chihuly Garden and Glass (*305 Harrison St; chihulygardenandglass.com) on the Seattle Center campus. Nearby Museum of Pop Culture (*325 Fifth Ave N; mopop.org) leans more toward popular entertainment. This year, MoPOP dives into the colorful world of puppet creativity with The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited (May 20–Jan 3) and the far-out universe of a rock legend via the images of official photographer Mick Rock in Bowie by Mick Rock (July 1–Jan 15).

Those seeking history can check out Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor (through Sep 4) at Pacific Science Center (*200 Second Ave N; pacificsciencecenter.org). One of only two stops in the U.S., the exhibit showcases the stunning terracotta statues created during the reign of China’s First Emperor, buried for millennia. If local lore sounds more appealing, Museum of History & Industry (*860 Terry Ave N; mohai.org) tackles the Emerald City’s culinary heritage with Edible City: A Delicious Journey (through Sep 10). A plethora of Washington relics—from dinosaurs to indigenous artifacts—fills the halls of University of Washington’s Burke Museum (*17th Ave NE and NE 45th St; burkemuseum.org). Additional cultural history can always be found at the excellent Northwest African American Museum (*2300 S Massachusetts St; naamnw.org) and Wing Luke Museum (*719 S King St; wingluke.org), with exhibits centering around the Asian Pacific American experience, from a retrospective of local legend Bruce Lee to a look at the connection between sports and Asian Pacific American athletes.

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