Museum of Pop Culture/MoPOP. Photo by Brady Harvey
Museum of Flight. Photo: Andrew Kalat
Frye Art Museum. Photo: Stuart Westmorland
Photo: Burke Museum
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

Juventino Aranda: Pocket Full of Posies

Now through 9/23/2018

Born to Mexican immigrants in Walla Walla, WA, Juventino Aranda’s search for self-identity informs his artistic practice as …

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What’s in your Cup?

Now through 9/16/2018

Harnessing the stories of everyday people, What’s in your cup? Community-Brewed Culture, a new exhibition honoring the beverages …

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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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Martha Friedman: Castoffs

Now through 2/10/2019

Sculptor Martha Friedman (U.S., born 1975) presents a new group of figurative sculptures that engage in a process …

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Wham! Bam! Pow!

Now through 2/24/2019

New York based cartoonist Vishavjit Singh wields art and humor to fight intolerance and challenge stereotypes. He began …

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Canoe Journeys: Pulling Together

Now through 9/23/2018

On July 25, the Tribal Canoe Journeys landed in Suquamish. Learn more about the significance of this event …

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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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The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Now through 8/25/2018

The great American opera boasts some of the best songs ever written – including “Summertime”,”I Got Plenty Of …

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Rules of Charity

Now through 8/25/2018

A provocative play where Monty, a brilliant, queer father who has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair, spars …

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Queen

Now through 8/19/2018

PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel have spent the better part of the last decade exhaustively researching vanishing bee …

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Honcho Poncho

8/16/2018

Honcho Poncho is a four-piece American alternative rock band from Seattle. They collectively weigh close to seven hundred …

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Juventino Aranda: Pocket Full of Posies

Now through 9/23/2018

Born to Mexican immigrants in Walla Walla, WA, Juventino Aranda’s search for self-identity informs his artistic practice as …

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Museum Partners

Historic Flight Foundation

Historic Flight Foundation

Northwest African American Museum

Northwest African American Museum

  • Address 2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle WA 98144
  • Phone (206) 518-6000
  • Website naamnw.org
Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum

Klondike Gold Rush NHP-Seattle

Klondike Gold Rush NHP-Seattle

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

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