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


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

Design with the 90%

Now through 5/11/2019

This exhibition demonstrates how individuals and organizations are using design innovation to address some of the world’s most …

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Borderland: ARKIR Book Arts Group/Iceland

Now through 2/3/2019

An exhibition of 53 artist’s books from Iceland is traveling the United States and will be featured at …

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Polaroids: Personal, Private, Painterly

Now through 3/24/2019

Our photographs can be intensely private and instantly disposable or they can be disseminated to millions via social …

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The Vikings Begin

Now through 4/14/2019

Based on the latest research conducted on both historic and recent discoveries of Viking-era artifacts by Uppsala University …

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Alfredo Arreguín: Life Patterns

Now through 2/3/2019

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art presents a retrospective of artworks by Alfredo Arreguín – spanning fifty years of …

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New Topographics

Now through 12/30/2018

In 1975, the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, featured the work of ten contemporary photographers in …

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Seattle Thunderbirds vs. Prince George Cougars

Now through 12/28/2018

Don’t miss the battle between Seattle Thunderbirds and Prince George Cougars at the Accesso ShoWare Center.

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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Now through 12/29/2018

In this witty sequel to Pride and Prejudice, bookish middle-sister Mary pounds her pianoforte alone until a curious …

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

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Hollywood and Vine

Now through 4/28/2019

As Teatro ZinZanni prepares to celebrate 20 years of presenting cirque, comedy and cabaret in the Pacific Northwest, …

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In the Heights

Now through 12/30/2018

In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood-a place …

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New Topographics

Now through 12/30/2018

In 1975, the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, featured the work of ten contemporary photographers in …

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Museum Partners

USS Turner Joy DD-951 – Bremerton Historic Ships Association Western WA

USS Turner Joy DD-951 – Bremerton Historic Ships Association

  • Address 300 Washington Beach Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337
  • Phone (360) 792-2457
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Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) South Lake Union

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

  • Address 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Phone (206) 324-1126
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Museum of Glass South

Museum of Glass

  • Address 1801 Dock St, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Phone (253) 396-1768
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Pacific Bonsai Museum South

Pacific Bonsai Museum

  • Address 2515 S 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98003
  • Phone 253-353-7345
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