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

Priscilla Cowie

5/8/2019 through 5/12/2019

Cowie’s residency is part of the Museums’ 2019 celebration of Indigenous Arts. In conjunction with two exhibitions grounded …

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Tschabalala Self

Now through 4/28/2019

In collage-paintings, sculptures, and video installations, Tschabalala Self creates multilayered “avatars” that resist reductive representations of blackness and …

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Bezos Center for Innovation


Seattleites are known inventors. From dimming windows in the Dreamliner to the sound waves used in the Sonicare …

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Nordic Journeys


This exhibition encompasses five distinct galleries and will feature not only beloved and important artifacts from our own …

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Translations: An Exploration of Glass by Northwest Native Carvers and Weavers

Now through 10/31/2019

In a unique partnership, The Evergreen State College Longhouse and Museum of Glass have organized an exhibition that …

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Bold As Love: Jimi at Home

Now through 5/5/2019

The much anticipated exhibit, Bold As Love: Jimi Hendrix at Home, opened on Jimi’s 76th birthday, November 27, …

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Big Picture: Art After 1945


Featuring significant works of abstract painting and sculpture from SAM’s collection. Tracing landmark artistic developments in the decades …

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Unlocking McNeil’s Past: The Prison, The Place, The People

Now through 5/26/2019

This exhibition presents the larger history of McNeil Island as a place, and the prison that opened there …

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To Take the Shape of the Container

Now through 6/7/2019

To Take the Shape of the Container is a multimedia exhibition that interweaves experiences of contemplative practice with …

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Romeo and Juliet

Now through 4/28/2019

What if your first love was someone you’d been told to hate? The most famous love story in …

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Viewpoints: Untitled Prints by Bruce Connor

Now through 4/28/2019

This iteration of Viewpoints features a group of detailed offset lithographs by the post-war artist Bruce Conner (U.S., …

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Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission

Now through 9/2/2019

Relive humankind’s most historic achievement, the moon landing, during its 50th anniversary year. This special exhibition features the …

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Museum Partners

Klondike Gold Rush NHP-Seattle Pioneer Square

Klondike Gold Rush NHP-Seattle

  • Address 319 Second Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 220-4240
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Bellevue Arts Museum Bellevue/Eastside

Bellevue Arts Museum

  • Address 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
  • Phone (425) 519-0770
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Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) South Lake Union

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

  • Address 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Phone (206) 324-1126
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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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