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

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

Around the Artifact: Hetzer Tank

12/13/2018

Join the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum for an evening engine run-up of the Hetzer Tank. Museum …

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Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film

Now through 12/31/2019

Organized by MoPOP, this original exhibit takes an in-depth look at more than a century of horror cinema. …

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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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Clyde Petersen: Merch & Destroy

Now through 3/10/2019

For twenty years, Clyde Petersen was on the road as a tour manager for a series of Northwest-based …

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Lore Re-Imagined: Shadows of Our Ancestors

Now through 4/14/2019

Lore Re-Imagined places our ideas about preserving cultural memory center stage. Indigenous groups and marginalized communities have long …

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WW1 America

Now through 2/10/2019

The World War I era — 1914 to 1919 — saw America transformed. It was a time of …

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Wham! Bam! Pow!

Now through 2/24/2019

New York based cartoonist Vishavjit Singh wields art and humor to fight intolerance and challenge stereotypes. He began …

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Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes

Now through 3/3/2019

Take a journey through Marvel’s 80-year history from inception to modern day in MoPOP’s largest exhibition to date. …

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The Judy Garland Christmas Special

Now through 12/22/2018

It’s 1963 and the producers of Judy Garland’s TV show have decided that what she needs is a …

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Apollo

Ongoing

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

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Foraging the Hive: Sara Young and Tyler Budge

Now through 3/3/2019

The artists say, “Defining our purpose, or role, through interdisciplinary investigations concerning creation and production is the basis …

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Spotlight on Dale Chihuly: Works from Museum of Glass Permanent Collection

Ongoing

In honor of Chihuly’s impact on the Studio Glass movement and his continuing connection to Tacoma and the …

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Museum Partners

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum North

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum

  • Address 3407 109th St SW, Everett, WA 98204
  • Phone (206) 342-4242
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Seattle Children’s Museum Queen Anne

Seattle Children’s Museum

  • Address 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Phone (206) 441-1768
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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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