Photo: Liu Nian
Museum of Flight. Photo: Andrew Kalat
Frye Art Museum Courtesy of Mark Woods
Courtesy Wing Luke Museum

SeattleMuseums

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

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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Our Journey

Ongoing

This dynamic, interactive exhibition takes visitors on a multi-faceted journey through time, exploring the history, culture, and art …

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Bart at TAM: Animating America’s Favorite Family

Now through 10/27/2019

An unauthorized and in-depth look at the process and teamwork needed to create America’s longest-running primetime animated television …

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Fearless Music

Now through 12/1/2019

Think you know the grunge music scene? Think again. Our exhibit, Fearless Music, explores nearly four decades (1980 …

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Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film

Now through 12/31/2019

Explore the most terrifying monsters in horror cinema. Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film features more …

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Edwin T. Pratt: a living legacy

Now through 8/28/2019

Pratt Fine Arts Center stands today as a beacon of Edwin Pratt’s vision of cultural access, educational excellence …

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Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight

Now through 9/2/2019

Raven and the Box of Daylight is the Tlingit story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing …

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Natalie Ball: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Snake

Now through 11/17/2019

Natalie Ball’s work challenges dominant stories of Native American identities, taking to task the historical and visual legacies …

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Immigrant Artists and the American West

Now through 6/4/2020

Drawing from Tacoma Art Museum’s Haub Family Collection of Western American Art, its Northwest Art Collection, as well …

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Legend of El Dorado

Now through 9/29/2019

When three women made the pact of solidarity on their summer road trip, no one ever expected that …

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Cedar River Salmon Journey

Now through 9/14/2019

Discover how you can help to keep these special creatures coming back to the river where they were …

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Debora Moore: Arboria

Ongoing

This exhibition premiers the artist’s new monumental sculptures exploring the beauty and awe of seasonal change. Inspired by …

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Museum Partners

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) Queen Anne

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

  • Address 325 Fifth Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Phone (206) 770-2700
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Northwest Railway Museum Bellevue/Eastside

Northwest Railway Museum

  • Address 38625 SE King St, PO Box 459, Snoqualmie, WA 98065
  • Phone (425) 888-3030
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Seattle Art Museum Downtown Seattle

Seattle Art Museum

  • Address 1300 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Phone 206.654.3210
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Klondike Gold Rush NHP-Seattle Pioneer Square

Klondike Gold Rush NHP-Seattle

  • Address 319 Second Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 220-4240
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