This May, museum professionals from across the United States and around the world will gather in Seattle for the annual meeting of the American Alliance of Museums. With more than 5,000 attendees from 50+ countries, AAM’s conference explores the latest innovations in museum design, operations, programs and collection management. We are delighted to host this important event in Seattle, which presents the perfect occasion to shine a spotlight on the outstanding variety of museums in the Puget Sound region.
Here’s the great news. Even if you’re not attending the conference, there’s something terrific in store for you, too. Fifty-six museums and cultural organizations have come together to create the inaugural Museum Week Northwest. From Friday, May 16 through Friday, May 23, participating organizations are offering buy-one-get-one-free admission, free admission, or special events.
EMP Museum’s Icons of Science Fiction exhibit.
Have you seen the only remaining piece of Amelia Earhart’s plane at the Museum of Flight yet? Have you peeped through the periscope at the new South Lake Union MOHAI? Visited the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, which opened in a new purpose-built eco-friendly facility last June? Have you discovered the Duwamish Longhouse? Toured Lake Union on a historic rowboat from The Center for Wooden Boats? When did you last visit Tacoma, with its thriving Museum District featuring glass, art, cars, history, maritime heritage and a children’s museum? Have you explored contemporary craft at Bellevue Arts Museum? Admired the 1,000+ magnificent objects in Seattle Art Museum’s Porcelain Room? Learned about health at the Professor Wellbody exhibit at Pacific Science Center? Dreamed of riding the rails at the Northwest Railway Museum? Played a game or two at the Seattle Pinball Museum? Toured the USS Turner Joy Historic Naval Warship? Strolled the beautiful UW campus visiting the Henry Art Gallery and the Burke Museum of Natural History, two of the state’s oldest museums? Learned how Boeing builds planes at the Future of Flight and Boeing Tour? Been inspired by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center?
Blowing glass at the Museum of Glass Hot Shop. Photo by Stacey Neff.
I hope you’re as excited as I am to start exploring. Mark your calendars for May 16-23 and make your plans. There truly is something for everyone!
A tip to help you get the most out of your time: we’ve partnered with the STQRY free mobile phone app to be an official guide to Museum Week Northwest. It will help you learn about museum collections and activities, and find special offers and events.
Visit the Museum Week Northwest website to see the entire list of offers and programs, and download STQRY for iphone, Android and Windows phones.
We hope to see you out enjoying the fun, learning and adventure that our fantastic museums offer. And please share your experiences on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #MWNW14.