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

AMPM (2.0)

Now through 9/30/2018

Contemplating on how our identities change over time through the lens of fashion and design, AMPM (2.0) will …

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Vietnam Divided: War Above Southeast Asia

Ongoing

The newest permanent installation in the Museum’s T.A. Wilson Great Gallery focuses specifically on the air war above …

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Immigrant Artists and the American West

Now through 6/4/2020

Drawing from Tacoma Art Museum’s Haub Family Collection of Western American Art, its Northwest Art Collection, as well …

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Apollo

Ongoing

The challenge of spaceflight drew upon the best and the brightest of a generation, and was the longest, …

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The Pilot Experience

8/26/2018

Join in one-hour experience in the Aviation Learning Center and see if you have what it takes to …

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Everyday Black

Now through 12/30/2018

Everyday Black features contemporary portraits by photographers Jessica Rycheal and Zorn B. Taylor. This new exhibition showcases the …

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Savor Seattle Hip on the Hill Tour

Ongoing

Explore Seattle’s most eclectic urban neighborhood! Capitol Hill is home to Seattle’s hip and happening food scene. Known …

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Dave Zirin

8/16/2018

One of the most active, and activist-inclined individuals writing about sports relative to society, Dave Zirin is known …

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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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Northern Exposure

Now through 9/16/2018

Conceived as an aesthetic study of how the Nordic character continues to redefine itself within an evolving global …

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The Who’s Tommy

Now through 9/1/2018

The Who’s trailblazing rock opera bursts to life as an all-star cast and creative team, led by G&S …

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Big Picture: Art After 1945

Ongoing

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

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Museum Partners

Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass

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
Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum

Pacific Bonsai Museum

Pacific Bonsai Museum

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