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

Foraging the Hive: Sara Young and Tyler Budge

Now through 1/31/2019

The artists say, “Defining our purpose, or role, through interdisciplinary investigations concerning creation and production is the basis …

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New Topographics

6/30/2018 through 12/30/2018

In 1975, the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, featured the work of ten contemporary photographers in …

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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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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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Dale Chihuly

Ongoing

Celebrating world-renowned glass artist and Tacoma-native Dale Chihuly, we have given our permanent collection of Chihuly glass a …

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Thomas the Tank Engine

7/13/2018 through 7/22/2018

Day Out with Thomas is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb …

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Joe Doria

Now through 6/26/2018

A night of great live music with local HAMMOND B3 legend JOE DORIA presenting a new set of …

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The Comedy Nest

Now through 6/26/2018

The Comedy Nest is an inclusive comedy open mic with a focus on encouraging female and female-friendly comedians. …

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My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy

Now through 6/24/2018

Steve Solomon’s smash hit New York comedy inspired by his hilarious & dysfunctional multi-ethnic family & all the …

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Anne Hayden Stevens

Now through 6/30/2018

“Currently I am exploring the myth of Narcissus in my work, re-imagining Narcissus as a woman. Caravaggio’s ‘Narcissus …

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Kimberly Clark: A Stop on the Road

Now through 6/30/2018

This show’s title is a reference to the search the artist embarks on to find inspiration for her …

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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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Museum Partners

Mt. Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum

Mt. Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum

Klondike Gold Rush NHP-Seattle

Klondike Gold Rush NHP-Seattle

  • Address 319 Second Ave S, Seattle WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 220-4240
  • Website nps.gov
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

  • Address 719 S King St, Seattle WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 623-5124
  • Website wingluke.org
Frye Art Museum

Frye Art Museum

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

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