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

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Now through 1/1/2018

Explore Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television, and his transformative impact on pop culture. This comprehensive …

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Heikki Seppa: Master Metalsmith

Now through 2/4/2018

BIMA is proud to once again present this legacy collection by the late master metalsmith, Heikki Seppa. Over …

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Artist’s Books: Chapter 12 – Taking Issue

Now through 2/4/2018

Book artists address issues important to them across the spectrum of social and political ideas.

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Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic

Ongoing

From The Wizard of Oz and The Princess Bride to Harry Potter, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic …

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Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966-70

Ongoing

At the height of his fame, Jimi Hendrix performed more than 500 times in 15 countries and recorded …

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Paul Polson: Out Here

Now through 2/4/2018

Polson (from Poulsbo) presents regional landscape paintings in oil, plus sedimentary layer paintings which can be viewed as …

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Museum Partners

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

  • Address 325 Fifth Ave N, Seattle WA 98109
  • Phone (206) 770-2700
  • Website www.MoPOP.org
USS Turner Joy DD-951 – Bremerton Historic Ships Association

USS Turner Joy DD-951 – Bremerton Historic Ships Association

  • Address 300 Washington Beach Ave, Bremerton WA 98337
  • Phone (360) 792-2457
  • Website ussturnerjoy.org
Frye Art Museum

Frye Art Museum

  • Address 704 Terry Ave, Seattle WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 622-9250
  • Website fryemuseum.org
Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum

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