Photo: Liu Nian
Museum of Flight. Photo: Andrew Kalat
Frye Art Museum Courtesy of Mark Woods
Courtesy Wing Luke Museum


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

Seattle Style: Fashion/Function

5/4/2019 through 10/19/2019

What Seattleites wear – past and present – reveals something captivating about the city. This and more is …

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Nordic Journeys


This exhibition encompasses five distinct galleries and will feature not only beloved and important artifacts from our own …

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Benjamin Cobb

4/24/2019 through 4/28/2019

Visiting Artist Benjamin Cobb will share ideas and creative processes, and invite guests to ask questions and learn …

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Unlocking McNeil’s Past: The Prison, The Place, The People

Now through 5/26/2019

This exhibition presents the larger history of McNeil Island as a place, and the prison that opened there …

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Jeff Martin

5/1/2019 through 5/5/2019

Martin’s residency will feature the dynamic and experimental process of utilizing molds made from recycled cork. These glass …

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Prince from Minneapolis

Now through 1/4/2020

At the start of his career, Prince worked to create a unique and dynamic professional image. He reached …

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Diane (Mary Kay Place) lives her life for others, caring for the underserved while denying her own need …

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Maritime Seattle


Hosted in the historic bridge room, the gallery features stunning views of Lake Union and its bustling world …

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A Dragon Lives Here

Now through 3/10/2020

Bruce Lee spent his formative years in Seattle learning English, meeting his future wife, and establishing his first …

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A young musician and his friends struggle against the racial prejudices that seek to marginalize them and their …

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Edgar Arceneaux: Library of Black Lies

Now through 6/2/2019

The unpacking and reconstruction of history is a central concern in Edgar Arceneaux’s (U.S., born 1972) installations, sculptures, …

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Pearl Jam: Home and Away


An intimate, first-hand look at Pearl Jam’s journey from 1990 to the present and into the future through …

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Museum Partners

Frye Art Museum Capitol Hill

Frye Art Museum

  • Address 704 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 622-9250
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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience International District

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

  • Address 719 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 623-5124
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Northwest African American Museum Southside Seattle

Northwest African American Museum

  • Address 2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, WA 98144
  • Phone (206) 518-6000
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Nordic Museum Ballard

Nordic Museum

  • Address 2655 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
  • Phone (206) 789-5707
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