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

Native Portraiture: Power and Perception

Now through 2/10/2019

Contemporary Native artists are actively deconstructing myths and preconceptions about Native people through their art. Many portraits of …

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Maker Day: Painting with Bacteria

10/27/2018

Express your inner artist and mad scientist as SoundBioLab helps guests paint with (safe!) fluorescent bacteria. Penicil-lin us …

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Spotlight on Dale Chihuly: Works from Museum of Glass Permanent Collection

Ongoing

In honor of Chihuly’s impact on the Studio Glass movement and his continuing connection to Tacoma and the …

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Dylan Neuwirth: Omnia

Now through 3/24/2019

The culmination of an artistic journey made by Seattle artist Dylan Neuwirth over the past decade, OMNIA will …

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Exploration of Drawing

Now through 11/11/2018

Select Saturdays and Sundays this fall, deepen your practice with a focus on color and various drawing styles …

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Testing, Testing 1-2-3

Now through 12/30/2018

Construction is underway on the New Burke, a flagship museum of natural history and culture for Washington state …

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Night Heat: The 41st Film Noir Series

Now through 11/29/2018

Who can sleep when the night is a fever of perfume and gun smoke, the wails of saxophones …

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Borderland: ARKIR Book Arts Group/Iceland

Now through 2/3/2019

An exhibition of 53 artist’s books from Iceland is traveling the United States and will be featured at …

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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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Her Story by Elizabeth Murray and Anne Waldman

Now through 11/4/2018

This iteration of Viewpoints features Her Story, 1988–1990, a collaborative work by Elizabeth Murray (U.S., 1940–2007) and Anne …

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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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Exploration of Drawing

Now through 11/11/2018

Select Saturdays and Sundays this fall, deepen your practice with a focus on color and various drawing styles …

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Museum Partners

Mt. Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum

Mt. Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

  • Address 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle WA 98109
  • Neighborhood South Lake Union
  • Phone (206) 324-1126
  • Website mohai.org
Seattle Pinball Museum

Seattle Pinball Museum

Nordic Museum

Nordic Museum

  • Address 2655 NW Market St, Seattle WA 98107
  • Phone (206) 789-5707
  • Website nordicmuseum.org

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