Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) Photo David Newman

Channel Your Muse(um)

The Emerald City has no shortage of ways to satisfy your arts and culture cravings, whether you’re into dinosaurs or Dalí. Take advantage of Seattle Museum Month (seattlemuseummonth.com) in February, where guests of participating downtown hotels receive half-price admission to more than 40 local museums and cultural institutions.

Culture Fiend

Music helped put Seattle’s name on the map, and the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) is a tribute to that legacy. In addition to exhibits on grunge legends and a giant tower of Jimi Hendrix’s guitars, MoPOP rotates exhibits on TV, film, science fiction, and superheroes. Aspiring musicians jam on instruments in the upstairs recording studio. Another quirky local spot: the Seattle Pinball Museum has more than 50 vintage and new pinball machines. Guests ages seven and up can play all of them and hydrate with vintage sodas and snacks. *mopop.org; *seattlepinballmuseum.com

Science Seeker

Seattle’s science and natural history museums offer plenty to geek out about. The oldest public museum in the state, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (reopening in 2019 after renovations), presents “Fossil Fridays,” a weekly chance to watch paleontologists prepare fragile specimens for display. Watch a nature-filled IMAX feature or walk among the butterflies at the Pacific Science Center. Interact with computers of the past and future—even learn basic video game design skills—at the Living Computers: Museum + Labs. *burkemuseum.org; *pacificsciencecenter.org; *livingcomputers.org

History Buff

Want to soak up some local trivia? Check out the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park to learn the history behind how gold-seekers on the way to Yukon Territory contributed to Seattle’s growth. The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) offers exhibits of its own about the maritime, aerospace, and technological innovations that have shaped the city. In Ballard, the renovated Nordic Museum pays homage to Seattle’s northern European immigrants, and in Rainier Valley, the Northwest African American Museum celebrates the vitality of Seattle’s African communities. *nps.gov/klse; *mohai.org; *nordicmuseum.org; *naamnw.org

Art Connoisseur

Seattle Art Museum’s expansive collection features world-class temporary and permanent exhibits from artists spanning genres and across the globe (don’t skip Olympic Sculpture Park just down the waterfront with its larger-than-life installations). For a more intimate experience, tour German landscape and portraiture and intriguing rotating exhibits at the always-free Frye Art Museum, or try the Henry Art Gallery’s boundary-pushing collection of contemporary works. Many museums offer free admission the first Thursday of the month. *seattleartmuseum.org; *fryemuseum.org; *henryart.org

 

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