Museum of Pop Culture/MoPOP. Photo by Brady Harvey
Museum of Flight. Photo: Andrew Kalat
Frye Art Museum. Photo: Stuart Westmorland
Photo: Burke Museum
Seattle Pinball Museum.Photo: J Nathan Matias

Museums

Seattle is full of wonderful museums to educate and inspire.

The Seattle area is home to an excellent collection of art, history, maritime, and special interest museums. The Museum of Flight will take you on a thrilling adventure through aviation history with exhibits like the Great Gallery, the Personal Courage Wing and the original Boeing Headquarters, in one of the largest air and space museums in the world. At MoPOP you can learn to play an instrument, stroll through the Jimi Hendrix exhibit and explore the history of popular culture. History buffs will appreciate the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) and the Klondike Gold Rush Museum. Many of these museums are family-friendly and offer hands-on-activities for kids and adults alike!

"Occular" at Frye Art Museum

Photo: Linda Lane

Art & Craft Museums

Seattle is a magnet for both artists and art enthusiasts. The casual yet sophisticated setting, beautiful scenery and inspiring mix of people create a powerful environment for artistic expression.

DC-3 at The Museum of Flight

Photo: Bill Abbott

Aviation & Transportation Museums

The greater Seattle area has an extensive collection of historic planes, from public displays to private collections open to the public. See how far we have come since the first airplane took flight in Seattle in 1910.

The Burke Museum

Photo: Loren Javier

History & Heritage Museums

Seattle is named after the respected Native American Chief of the Suquamish and Duwamish tribes. Shaped by many cultures, including the original Native Americans, along with immigrants from Asia and Scandinavia, we retain a strong and diverse cultural heritage that provides many opportunities to learn about Seattle from the roots up.

Photo: David Newman

Photo: David Newman

Maritime & Military Museums

The maritime heritage of Puget Sound is filled with fascinating stories of native traditions, intrepid explorers, pioneer sea captains and vessels, industrialists, and ordinary working people.

Pacific Science Center beneath a supermoon

Photo: Ingrid Taylar

Science & Natural History Museums

In a region that is notorious for its stunning natural beauty and technological innovation, is it surprising that we have fantastic science and natural history museums for you to explore?

Nirvana exhibit at EMP Musuem

Photo: Theresa Arzadon-Labajo

Pop Culture Museums

The optimistic and creative mentality of Seattle residents creates an attractive climate for innovative thinkers. This is why some of the most original and successful business concepts in the nation have been launched right here in Seattle. (Hint: think Boeing, Amazon, Starbucks, REI, Expedia, Zillow…)

Seattle Children's Museum

Photo: Nicholas Wang

Children’s Museums

While any museum in the area welcomes children, some offer special programs that keep the attention of even our youngest travelers. From hands-on exhibits to creative events catered just for kids, you’ll find yourself wishing that you were a kid again!

Upcoming Museum Events

Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic

Ongoing

From The Wizard of Oz and The Princess Bride to Harry Potter, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic …

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Anne Appleby: We Sit Together the Mountain and Me

Now through 6/3/2018

Tacoma Art Museum Presents Anne Appleby: We Sit Together the Mountain and Me.

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Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds

Now through 9/30/2018

Fifty years after a TV show with modest ratings called Star Trek first aired, its stories continue to …

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Toytopia

Now through 6/10/2018

What was your favorite childhood toy? A jump rope, a board game, or Space Invaders? Or was it …

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Ko Kirk Yamahira

Now through 6/3/2018

Seattle-based artist Ko Kirk Yamahira deconstructs his paintings by painstakingly removing individual threads from the weave of the …

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Nirvana: Taking Punk To the Masses

Ongoing

The exhibition features instruments like Kurt Cobain’s Fender Stratocaster, Krist Novoselic’s Hiwatt DR103 bass amplifier head, and Dave …

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Apollo

Ongoing

The challenge of spaceflight drew upon the best and the brightest of a generation, and was the longest, …

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Seattle Brewery Tour – Road Dog Tours

Ongoing

Seattle is home to the best craft breweries and micro beers in the world. From a crisp ale …

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Crowns

Now through 4/28/2018

Gospel music and storytelling come together to surprise, delight and remind us all of the unique and diverse …

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The Wolves

Now through 5/13/2018

Big questions are asked and tiny battles are waged with all the vim and vigor of a pack …

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Michael Taylor: Traversing Parallels

Now through 5/12/2018

Traversing Parallels encapsulates Taylor’s passion for glass and his unquenchable enthusiasm for inquiry. Through his artistic investigations, Taylor’s …

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Exotics at Redmond Town Center

Now through 10/27/2018

Exotics at Redmond Town Center comprises the largest weekly car gathering north of Los Angeles. The weekly gatherings …

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Museum Partners

Pacific Bonsai Museum

Pacific Bonsai Museum

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

  • Address 1413 NE 45th St, Seattle WA 98105
  • Phone (206) 543-5590
  • Website burkemuseum.org
Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass

The Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight

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