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

Places to Call Home: Settlements in the West

Now through 2/10/2019

For centuries people have congregated in specific places in the West to exchange goods, ideas, and cultural practices. …

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Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health and Wellness

Ongoing

This innovative and highly immersive exhibit brings guests of all ages into the imaginative world of Professor Wellbody, …

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Well-Worn Narratives: The Mia McEldowney Jewelry Collection

Ongoing

For the first time at TAM, 35 works of studio art jewelry highlighting our region’s most talented jewelry …

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Figuring History: Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas

Now through 5/13/2018

A new exhibition organized by SAM featuring three singular American artists whose work redefines history painting in a …

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Akio Takamori

3/1/2018 through 5/31/2018

The career of artist Akio Takamori (Japanese-American, 1950-2017) spanned over forty years, during which time he became a …

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Bowie by Mick Rock

Now through 3/11/2018

Between 1972 and 1973, when David Bowie was redefining glam rock as the androgynous alien rock star Ziggy …

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The Great Basin: Two Views

Now through 2/28/2018

This photographic exhibition – investigating the landscape of the Great Basin stretching from SE Oregon to Nevada, Utah …

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Winter Light: The Films of Ingmar Bergman

Now through 3/15/2018

SAM teams with the Nordic Heritage Museum to celebrate the centennial of master Swedish writer-director Ingmar Bergman’s birth. …

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Vivaldi Gloria

2/24/2018

Vivaldi’s Gloria, an exultant hymn created for music students at a Catholic orphanage, expresses the most divine aspects …

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Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds

Now through 9/30/2018

Fifty years after a TV show with modest ratings called Star Trek first aired, its stories continue to …

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Vanishing Point

Now through 2/25/2018

Aviatrix Amelia Earhart, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, and author Agatha Christie all have one thing in common: they …

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Figuring History: Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas

Now through 5/13/2018

A new exhibition organized by SAM featuring three singular American artists whose work redefines history painting in a …

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Museum Partners

The Steamer Virginia V Foundation

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
Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

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

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

  • Address 550 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island WA 98110
  • Neighborhood Bainbridge/Bremerton
  • Phone (206) 842-4451
  • Website biartmuseum.org

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