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

Complimentary Contrasts: The Glass and Steel Sculptures of Albert Paley

Now through 9/3/2018

This exhibition highlights the significance of glass in the body of work of celebrated sculptor Albert Paley. Though …

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You’re Not From Around Here, Are You?

Now through 4/8/2018

The works presented in this exhibition examine the complex, multifaceted experiences of Black people in the Pacific Northwest. …

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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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Immigrant Artists and the American West

Now through 6/14/2018

Immigration is a topic on many peoples’ minds. With changing policies and shifting values that affect many people’s …

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Captive Light: The Life and Photography of Ella E. McBride

3/17/2018 through 7/8/2018

Ella McBride (1862-1965) was an internationally acclaimed fine-art photographer who began her photography career running Edward S. Curtis’ …

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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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Figuring History: Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas

Now through 5/13/2018

A new exhibition organized by SAM featuring three singular American artists whose work redefines history painting in a …

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Savor Seattle Signature Tour: Pike Place Market

Ongoing

Seattle’s original food and cultural tour of Pike Place Market! Become a market insider on this behind-the-scenes adventure …

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Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966-70

Ongoing

At the height of his fame, Jimi Hendrix performed more than 500 times in 15 countries and recorded …

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

Now through 2/20/2018

The sights and sounds of war-torn London are recreated by Lez Brotherston’s Olivier Award-winning costumes and sets, lighting …

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Mamma Mia!

Now through 2/25/2018

On the Greek island of Kalokairi, Sophie is preparing to marry her fiance, Sky. She wants her father …

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Cascade Crossroads

2/20/2018

First Seattle public screening ofa 30-minute documentary film chronicling the story unfolding over and under Interstate 90 just …

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Museum Partners

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

  • Address 550 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island WA 98110
  • Neighborhood Bainbridge/Bremerton
  • Phone (206) 842-4451
  • Website biartmuseum.org
Historic Flight Foundation

Historic Flight Foundation

LeMay – America’s Car Museum

LeMay – America’s Car Museum

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