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

True Northwest: The Seattle Journey


By sharing stories from the past, MOHAI helps make sense of the present, and ultimately inspires decisions that …

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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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Nirvana: Taking Punk To the Masses


The exhibition features instruments like Kurt Cobain’s Fender Stratocaster, Krist Novoselic’s Hiwatt DR103 bass amplifier head, and Dave …

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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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Mazel Tov Group by Karl Haendel

Now through 11/3/2019

This iteration of Viewpoints features Karl Haendel’s Mazel Tov Group (2006–7), a multi-part work comprised of drawings and …

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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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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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Savor Seattle Booze n’ Bites Tour


See what the buzz is all about! Join a progressive jaunt through five of Seattle’s best bars and …

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Seattle Style: Fashion/Function

Now through 10/14/2019

What Seattleites wear – past and present – reveals something captivating about the city. This and more is …

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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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T-Mobile Park Tours


Take a tour of T-Mobile Park, the spectacular home of the Seattle Mariners. The 19.59 acre outdoor ballpark …

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All Fantasy Everything


All Fantasy Everything is a show where funny people and experts come together to fantasy draft the whole …

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Museum Partners

Northwest African American Museum Southside Seattle

Northwest African American Museum

  • Address 2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, WA 98144
  • Phone (206) 518-6000
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Seattle Art Museum Downtown Seattle

Seattle Art Museum

  • Address 1300 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Phone 206.654.3210
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The Museum of Flight Southside Seattle

The Museum of Flight

  • Address 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
  • Phone (206) 764-5700
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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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