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

The Time. The Place: Contemporary Art from the Collection

Now through 4/22/2018

This fall, the Henry celebrates its ninetieth anniversary with the first museum-wide exhibition of the contemporary collection, featuring …

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Akio Takamori

Now through 5/31/2018

The career of artist Akio Takamori (Japanese-American, 1950-2017) spanned over forty years, during which time he became a …

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The Brink: Demian DinéYazhi

Now through 9/9/2018

In this exhibition, transdisciplinary artist Demian DinéYazhi´, born to the clans Naasht’ézhí Tábaahá (Zuni Water’s Edge) and Tódích’íí’nii …

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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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Fossil Friday

4/27/2018

On the fourth Friday of each month between February and May, the Burke are opening the doors to …

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Playdates: A Tiny History of Play

Now through 7/15/2018

As long as there have been children, there have been toys. However, what children have played with and …

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The Wolves

Now through 5/13/2018

Big questions are asked and tiny battles are waged with all the vim and vigor of a pack …

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Identities: the Cutting Edge

Now through 5/13/2018

This exhibit features eight Coyote Central students ages 11-16, as part of our annual youth exhibits program. Come …

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Exotics at Redmond Town Center

Now through 10/27/2018

Exotics at Redmond Town Center comprises the largest weekly car gathering north of Los Angeles. The weekly gatherings …

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The Great Leap

Now through 4/22/2018

China, 1971. the Communist Cultural Revolution is in full swing. San Francisco, 1989. The city by the bay …

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Living Art of Bonsai: Elements of Design

Now through 9/30/2018

‘Cool!”, ‘Beautiful!,’ ‘Amazing!’: bonsai have universal appeal. But why? What makes them so beautiful? Experience this special exhibition …

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Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease

Now through 8/18/2018

Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease highlights diseases that are on track for global eradication or elimination—including Guinea worm …

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Museum Partners

Pacific Bonsai Museum

Pacific Bonsai Museum

Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum

Frye Art Museum

Frye Art Museum

  • Address 704 Terry Ave, Seattle WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 622-9250
  • Website fryemuseum.org
The Steamer Virginia V Foundation

The Steamer Virginia V Foundation

  • Address 901 Fairview Ave N, Ste A110, Seattle WA 98109
  • Neighborhood South Lake Union
  • Phone (206) 624-9119
  • Website virginiav.org

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