Museum of Flight. Photo: Andrew Kalat
Frye Art Museum. Photo: Stuart Westmorland
Photo: Burke Museum
EMP Nirvana exhibit. Photo: David Costanzo
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

Well-Worn Narratives: The Mia McEldowney Jewelry Collection

Ongoing

For the first time at TAM, 35 works of studio art jewelry highlighting our region’s most talented jewelry …

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I Dig Dinos: Dino Holidays

11/26/2017

Celebrate the season by making a dino scene out of candy and creating a dino-themed card for a …

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Family Steam Day – My Car Story

12/16/2017

Whether it’s a funny memory from a family road trip, or imagining a dream car, everyone, young and …

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Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction

Ongoing

Packed with more than 150 artifacts from iconic films and television shows, this new exhibition invites you to …

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Sky-bots: A Look at Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Now through 12/31/2017

Though Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly called “drones”, have been around since the earliest days of aviation, their …

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A Day in the Life of Bruce Lee

Now through 2/11/2018

Get a glimpse of how Bruce Lee approached his every day – from his personal habits, routines, and …

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Museum Partners

Northwest African American Museum

Northwest African American Museum

  • Address 2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle WA 98144
  • Phone (206) 518-6000
  • Website naamnw.org
Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum

The Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight

Mt. Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum

Mt. Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum

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