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

Corrie Befort: Soft Body

Henry Art Gallery
5/7/2016 through 5/7/2016

Following a round-robin structure, four dancers cycle through states of moving/reflecting, responding/resting to explore how experience is remembered …

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Native Art Market

Burke Museum
5/14/2016 through 5/14/2016

Join the Burke Museum for a celebration of Native art! Watch art demonstrations; talk to over a dozen …

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Leah Johnson

Town Hall Seattle
5/6/2016 through 5/6/2016

The ocean (with its ever-changing depths, tides, and shifts) remains one of the planet’s greatest mysteries . Because …

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Women of Surrealism

Frye Art Museum
5/12/2016 through 5/12/2016

Although most male Surrealists conceived of women as muses, not makers, a number of women, including Claude Cahun, …

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Complex Exchange: Media | Representation

Seattle Art Museum
5/4/2016 through 5/4/2016

Complex Exchange pairs Seattle community members from varying disciplines in a series of conversations related to issues of …

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Nordic Culinary Conference

Nordic Heritage Museum
5/6/2016 through 5/8/2016

New Nordic Cuisine has unquestionably become one of the hottest and most celebrated trends in 21st century pan-Nordic …

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Tom Reese and Eric Wagner

Town Hall Seattle
5/3/2016 through 5/3/2016

Declared a Superfund site in 2001, the Duwamish river has faced a battered history. Now, as Seattle joins …

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Behind the Seams: Haute Couture from Paris

Museum of History & Industry
5/7/2016 through 5/7/2016

Behind the Seams is a peek into MOHAI’s collection to see treasures that are usually kept in storage. …

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Preston Singletary

Museum of Glass
5/11/2016 through 5/15/2016

The art of Preston Singletary has become synonymous with the relationship between European glassblowing traditions and Northwest Native …

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Museum Partners

The Center for Wooden Boats

  • Address 1010 Valley St, Seattle WA 98109
  • Neighborhood South Lake Union
  • Phone (206) 382-2628
  • Website cwb.org

Frye Art Museum

  • Address 704 Terry Ave, Seattle WA 98104
  • Neighborhood Capitol Hill
  • Phone (206) 622-9250
  • Website fryemuseum.org

Northwest Railway Museum

  • Address 38625 SE King St, Snoqualmie WA 98065
  • Neighborhood Bellevue/Eastside
  • Phone (425) 888-0373
  • Website trainmuseum.org

Washington State Historical Society

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