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

Fun. No Fun

Now through 9/10/2017

A commissioned work by Kraft Duntz, the Seattle-based artist/architect team of David Lipe, Matt Sellars, and Dan Webb, …

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Linda MacNeil: Jewels of Glass

Now through 10/1/2017

A pioneer in both the Studio Jewelry and Studio Glass movements since the 1970s, Linda MacNeil also has …

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Electric Coffin: The Future Machine

Now through 9/10/2017

An installation by Seattle creative studio Electric Coffin. Over its seven months at BAM, The Future Machine will …

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A Day in the Life of Bruce Lee

Now through 9/3/2017

Get a glimpse of how Bruce Lee approached his every day – from his personal habits, routines, and …

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Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Now through 9/10/2017

Spanning over five decades, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors focuses on the evolution of the Japanese artist’s immersive, multi-reflective …

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Vietnam in the Rearview Mirror

Ongoing

Over 40 years, Vietnamese refugees and immigrants have built a life and established roots in America, against all …

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Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film

Ongoing

Examine the pivotal role that horror plays in the human experience at this exhibition organized by EMP. Three …

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True Northwest: The Seattle Journey

Ongoing

By sharing stories from the past, MOHAI helps make sense of the present, and ultimately inspires decisions that …

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Frye Salon

Now through 1/21/2018

Frye Salon features over one hundred forty paintings from the Frye Art Museum’s Founding Collection, recreating the sumptuous …

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Museum Partners

Mt. Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Klondike Gold Rush NHP-Seattle

  • Address 319 Second Ave S, Seattle WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 220-4240
  • Website nps.gov

The Museum of Flight

  • Address 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle WA 98108
  • Phone (206) 764-5700
  • Website museumofflight.org

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