Museum of Flight. Photo: Andrew Kalat
Frye Art Museum. Photo: Stuart Westmorland
Photo: Burke Museum
EMP Nirvana exhibit. Photo: Davide Costanzo
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 EMP Museum 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

Fantastic Fishes

Burke Museum
8/20/2016 through 8/20/2016

Dive into the Burke’s ichthyology collections at this brand new fish event! Enjoy the summer weather on Portage …

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Snoqualmie Railroad Days Festival

Northwest Railway Museum
8/19/2016 through 8/21/2016

The 78th Snoqualmie Railroad Days festival showcases Snoqualmie’s “Trains, Timber, Traditions” . Join the fun with a ride …

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Vintage Motorcycle Festival

LeMay – America’s Car Museum
7/30/2016 through 7/30/2016

More than 2,500 classic motorcycle enthusiasts gather on America’s Car Museum’s Haub Family Field for this unique event …

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A Witness and A Weapon

Henry Art Gallery
8/4/2016 through 8/7/2016

In conjunction with the Seattle Art Fair, the Henry presents A Witness and A Weapon, a selection of …

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MOHAI Maker Day: Toymaker’s Workshop

Museum of History & Industry
7/30/2016 through 7/30/2016

“Mr. Toymaker” Rick Hartman of School of Toy brings his popular, hands-on toymaker workshop to MOHAI’s July Maker …

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A Witness and A Weapon

Henry Art Gallery
8/4/2016 through 8/7/2016

In conjunction with the Seattle Art Fair, the Henry presents A Witness and A Weapon, a selection of …

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Artist Trust on Tour

Frye Art Museum
8/3/2016 through 8/3/2016

Exhibiting the work of four artists who have been supported by Artist Trust’s grant-making and professional development programs. …

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Museum Partners

Flying Heritage Collection

  • Address 3407 109th St SW, Everett WA 98204
  • Phone (206) 342-4242
  • Website flyingheritage.com

The Steamer Virginia V Foundation

  • Address 901 Fairview Ave N, Ste A110, Seattle WA 98109
  • Neighborhood South Lake Union
  • Phone (206) 624-9119
  • Website virginiav.org

Nordic Heritage Museum

  • Address 3014 NW 67th St, Seattle WA 98117
  • Neighborhood Ballard
  • Phone (206) 789-5707
  • Website nordicmuseum.org

Blowing Sands Glass

  • Address 5805 14th Ave NW, Seattle WA 98107
  • Neighborhood Ballard
  • Phone (206) 783-5314
  • Website blowingsands.com

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