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

Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India

Now through 1/21/2019

Centuries of royal treasures from Jodhpur, India, come to the United States for the first time in the …

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Dia de los Muertos Celebration UNFRAMED

10/26/2018

Amp up your Day of the Dead celebration and experience the unexpected at Tacoma Art Museum! Music, meetups, …

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Chihuly Through the Lens

10/24/2018 through 10/28/2018

The most comprehensive collection of Chihuly’s artwork on public view, a visit to Chihuly Garden and Glass often …

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Edgar Arceneaux: Library of Black Lies

11/17/2018 through 6/2/2019

The unpacking and reconstruction of history is a central concern in Edgar Arceneaux’s (U.S., born 1972) installations, sculptures, …

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Apollo

Ongoing

The challenge of spaceflight drew upon the best and the brightest of a generation, and was the longest, …

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Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes

Now through 3/3/2019

Take a journey through Marvel’s 80-year history from inception to modern day in MoPOP’s largest exhibition to date. …

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Worlds Beyond Here

Now through 9/15/2019

This exhibition looks at the connection between Asian Pacific Americans and the infinite possibilities of science fiction. The …

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ConFunkShun – 45th Anniversary!

Now through 10/21/2018

ConFunkShun is a star-quality attraction delivering a superb, high-energy show with electrifying choreography, glistening six-part vocal harmonies, and …

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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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Safeco Field Tour

Ongoing

Tour one of the best baseball facilities ever built, including areas of the ballpark that are not normally …

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Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India

Now through 1/21/2019

Centuries of royal treasures from Jodhpur, India, come to the United States for the first time in the …

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Alfredo Arreguín: Life Patterns

Now through 2/3/2019

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art presents a retrospective of artworks by Alfredo Arreguín – spanning fifty years of …

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Museum Partners

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

  • Address 719 S King St, Seattle WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 623-5124
  • Website wingluke.org
Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass

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
Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum

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