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

Mary Van Cline: Selections from The Documenta Project


Known for her role as one of the first generation of innovative glass artists, Mary Van Cline has …

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Carol Milne: Knit Wit

Now through 9/29/2019

Carol Milne expands upon ancient kiln-cast glass techniques used during the Egyptian and Roman periods. Her intriguing and …

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Carrie Yamaoka: recto/verso

Now through 10/31/2019

This exhibition brings together work by Carrie Yamaoka (U.S., born 1957) from the early 1990s to the present, …

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Bart at TAM: Animating America’s Favorite Family

Now through 10/27/2019

An unauthorized and in-depth look at the process and teamwork needed to create America’s longest-running primetime animated television …

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Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film

Now through 12/31/2019

Explore the most terrifying monsters in horror cinema. Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film features more …

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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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Famous Friday

Now through 8/30/2019

Famous Friday features music by Drake, Missy Elliott, Cardi B, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Beyonce, Rhianna, …

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Three happy-go-lucky boys, poking around on controllers, picking on strings, banging on drums: sounds like a little Biddadat. …

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Pearl Jam: Home and Away


An intimate, first-hand look at Pearl Jam’s journey from 1990 to the present and into the future through …

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The Dan Band


Dan Finnerty caught America’s attention as the foul-mouthed wedding singer in the box-office smash Old School, performing his …

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Studio 54 and Beyond: The Photography of Hasse Persson

Now through 8/25/2019

With his unfettered access and cutting-edge photographic techniques, Swedish photographer Hasse Persson captured some of the most iconic …

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Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness

Now through 11/3/2019

Somnyama Ngonyama, Zulu for Hail the Dark Lioness, is a photographic series by the South African visual activist …

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Museum Partners

LeMay – America’s Car Museum Western WA

LeMay – America’s Car Museum

  • Address 2702 E D St, Tacoma, WA 98421
  • Phone (253) 779-8490
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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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Frye Art Museum Capitol Hill

Frye Art Museum

  • Address 704 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 622-9250
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Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) Queen Anne

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

  • Address 325 Fifth Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Phone (206) 770-2700
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