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


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

Nirvana: Taking Punk To the Masses


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

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Seattle Museum Month

Now through 2/28/2019

Celebrate the diversity of our museums and cultural institutions throughout February with Seattle Museum Month. Downtown Seattle hotels …

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Vietnam Divided: War Above Southeast Asia


The newest permanent installation in the Museum’s T.A. Wilson Great Gallery focuses specifically on the air war above …

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Bold As Love: Jimi at Home

Now through 5/5/2019

The much anticipated exhibit, Bold As Love: Jimi Hendrix at Home, opened on Jimi’s 76th birthday, November 27, …

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Tschabalala Self

Now through 4/28/2019

In collage-paintings, sculptures, and video installations, Tschabalala Self creates multilayered “avatars” that resist reductive representations of blackness and …

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Clyde Petersen: Merch & Destroy

Now through 3/10/2019

For twenty years, Clyde Petersen was on the road as a tour manager for a series of Northwest-based …

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Hollywood and Vine

Now through 4/28/2019

After building a successful show palace on the Jersey Shore, the larger-than-life Romanelli sisters are offered an opportunity …

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The Vikings Begin

Now through 4/14/2019

Based on the latest research conducted on both historic and recent discoveries of Viking-era artifacts by Uppsala University …

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Savor Seattle Chocolate Indulgence Tour


Chocolate has become so important to Seattle culture that it is rivaling the other famous bean in town. …

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Live Wires: The Cable TV Revolution

Now through 4/28/2019

From pioneer broadcasts to modern broadband, Northwest innovators led the nation in the cable TV revolution. Live Wires …

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Seattle Museum Month

Now through 2/28/2019

Celebrate the diversity of our museums and cultural institutions throughout February with Seattle Museum Month. Downtown Seattle hotels …

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Juried Exhibition

Now through 3/14/2019

Photographic Center Northwest is proud to present the 22nd Juried Exhibition, one of the most anticipated shows in …

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Museum Partners

Nordic Museum Ballard

Nordic Museum

  • Address 2655 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
  • Phone (206) 789-5707
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Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture University District

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

  • Address 1413 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105
  • Phone (206) 543-5590
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The Museum of Flight Southside Seattle

The Museum of Flight

  • Address 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
  • Phone (206) 764-5700
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Chihuly Garden and Glass Downtown Seattle

Chihuly Garden and Glass

  • Address 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Phone (206) 905-2180
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