Photo: Liu Nian
Museum of Flight. Photo: Andrew Kalat
Frye Art Museum Courtesy of Mark Woods
Courtesy Wing Luke Museum


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

Seattle Museum Month

Now through 2/28/2019

Celebrate the diversity of our museums and cultural institutions throughout February with Seattle Museum Month. Downtown Seattle hotels …

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Hendrix – Wild Blue Angel


Discover the shy genius of Hendrix through an immersive gallery soundtrack featuring rare Hendrix interview clips; Hendrix’s only …

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The Rain Doesn’t Know Friends from Foes

Now through 4/28/2019

Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian create works on paper and animations that interrogate the voyeuristic role …

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The Vikings Begin

Now through 4/14/2019

Based on the latest research conducted on both historic and recent discoveries of Viking-era artifacts by Uppsala University …

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Heroes of Bavaria

Now through 5/31/2019

Displayed for the first time on the West Coast, the Heroes of Bavaria exhibit features 17 rare and …

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Maritime Seattle


Hosted in the historic bridge room, the gallery features stunning views of Lake Union and its bustling world …

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Debussy String Quartet


In Debussy’s first and only foray into writing for string quartets, he broke the chamber music mold. With …

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Joan Osborne

Now through 2/19/2019

On Songs of Bob Dylan, Joan Osborne unleashes her sizable gifts as a vocalist and interpreter upon The …

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The Chieftains


For more than five decades, The Chieftains have been recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary …

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Between Bodies

Now through 4/28/2019

This group exhibition includes sculpture, augmented reality, video, and sound-based works that delve into intimate exchanges and entwined …

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Exhibition on Screen: Young Picasso

Now through 2/19/2019

Too long ignored, it is time to look at the early years of Picasso; the upbringing and the …

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Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic


From The Wizard of Oz and The Princess Bride to Harry Potter, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic …

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Museum Partners

Living Computers: Museum + Labs SoDo/Georgetown

Living Computers: Museum + Labs

  • Address 2245 First Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
  • Phone (206) 342-2020
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Nordic Museum Ballard

Nordic Museum

  • Address 2655 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
  • Phone (206) 789-5707
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Seattle Pinball Museum International District

Seattle Pinball Museum

  • Address 508 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 623-0759
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Henry Art Gallery University District

Henry Art Gallery

  • Address University of Washington, 4100 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
  • Phone (206) 543-2280
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