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

School: The Joseph Rossano Salmon Project

Now through 8/11/2019

Spearheaded and conceptualized by artist Joseph Rossano, School casts light on the diminished state of global salmon and …

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Making Games with Micro:bit

6/29/2019

Discover the power of microcontrollers in this fun, hands-on workshop all about inputs, outputs, and game design. Using …

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Nirvana: Taking Punk To the Masses

Ongoing

The exhibition features instruments like Kurt Cobain’s Fender Stratocaster, Krist Novoselic’s Hiwatt DR103 bass amplifier head, and Dave …

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Bezos Center for Innovation

Ongoing

Seattleites are known inventors. From dimming windows in the Dreamliner to the sound waves used in the Sonicare …

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A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes

Now through 9/2/2019

Using the six personality types of a queen-Sage, Enchantress, Explorer, Mother Earth, Heroine, and Thespian-the exhibition explores how …

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Storytelling Through Animation

6/22/2019 through 12/8/2019

A Partnership for Youth exhibition, Storytelling Through Animation showcases the results of an eight-week workshop for teens during …

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20-Year Members’ Retrospective

Now through 6/23/2019

Columbia City Gallery provides wide-ranging arts exhibits and experiences and has presented more than 300 exhibits over the …

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Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction

Ongoing

Packed with more than 150 artifacts from iconic films and television shows, this new exhibition invites you to …

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Nirvana: Taking Punk To the Masses

Ongoing

The exhibition features instruments like Kurt Cobain’s Fender Stratocaster, Krist Novoselic’s Hiwatt DR103 bass amplifier head, and Dave …

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Anne Gould Hauberg Collection

Ongoing

From revered collector and patron of the arts in the Northwest, see selected works by influential artists and …

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Jerry Zimmerman

Now through 6/22/2019

Pianist Jerry Zimmerman has been a mainstay in Seattle for nearly 50 years. It was during his 30 …

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Expanse

Now through 6/29/2019

An exhibition highlighting two artists exploring space and color through meditations on nature, Carole Barrer and Mark Butler. …

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Museum Partners

Frye Art Museum Capitol Hill

Frye Art Museum

  • Address 704 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 622-9250
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Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) South Lake Union

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

  • Address 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Phone (206) 324-1126
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Northwest African American Museum Southside Seattle

Northwest African American Museum

  • Address 2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, WA 98144
  • Phone (206) 518-6000
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Living Computers: Museum + Labs SoDo/Georgetown

Living Computers: Museum + Labs

  • Address 2245 First Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
  • Phone (206) 342-2020
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