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

If Cars Could Talk – Pacific Northwest Race Tracks, 1960s – 1970s

LeMay – America’s Car Museum
6/7/2016 through 6/7/2016

Martin Rudow, author of the History of Northwest Sports Car Racing series, will highlight Washington’s historic racetracks and …

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Cruise-Ins

LeMay – America’s Car Museum
6/9/2016 through 6/9/2016

Cruise into ACM on the second Thursday of every month from April through October, rain or shine on …

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Family STEM Day – Race Cars

LeMay – America’s Car Museum
6/18/2016 through 6/18/2016

Visit with local race car drivers in NAPA Auto Care Center who will showcase their vehicles and equipment. …

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Hoods up for Father’s Day

LeMay – America’s Car Museum
6/14/2016 through 6/23/2016

Bring Dad to LeMay – America’s Car Museum and join us for our fifth annual Father’s Day Hoods …

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Seattle AntiFreeze

Museum of History & Industry
6/2/2016 through 6/2/2016

Each month, MOHAI hosts Seattle AntiFreeze, a social gathering for people interested in exploring what – besides the …

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Race Night at ACM

LeMay – America’s Car Museum
6/9/2016 through 6/9/2016

Put your racing skills to the test every second Thursday of the month from 5pm – 8pm in …

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Living Voices: Klondike

Museum of History & Industry
6/18/2016 through 6/18/2016

The promise of riches and a new life during a time of turmoil drives one young woman to …

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Museum Partners

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

  • Address 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle WA 98109
  • Neighborhood South Lake Union
  • Phone (206) 324-1126
  • Website mohai.org

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

Bellevue Arts Museum

  • Address 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue WA 98004
  • Neighborhood Bellevue/Eastside
  • Phone (425) 519-0770
  • Website bellevuearts.org

Henry Art Gallery

  • Address University of Washington, Seattle WA 98195
  • Neighborhood University District
  • Phone (206) 543-2280
  • Website henryart.org

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