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

New Topographics

Now 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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BAM Biennial 2018: BAM! Glasstastic

Now through 4/14/2019

In 2010, Bellevue Arts Museum launched the BAM Biennial, a juried exhibition which focuses on the work of …

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23rd Annual Model Train Festival

12/21/2018 through 1/1/2019

History and holiday magic unite at the Washington State History Museum during the Annual Model Train Festival. Bring …

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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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Claire Partington: Taking Tea

Now through 12/6/2020

Get a new perspective on SAM’s popular Porcelain Room through the site-specific work of contemporary British ceramic artist …

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Sleight of Hand

Now through 1/20/2019

An art of deception and wonder, magic has been practiced throughout human history as a means not only …

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Dylan Neuwirth: Omnia

Now through 3/24/2019

The culmination of an artistic journey made by Seattle artist Dylan Neuwirth over the past decade, OMNIA will …

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Appalachian Christmas with the Mark O’Connor Band

12/13/2018

A perennial holiday tradition returns. O’Connor and his band will perform an unforgettable evening of Christmas classics, fiddling …

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New Topographics

Now 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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Seattle Brewery Tour – Road Dog Tours

Ongoing

Seattle is home to the best craft breweries and micro beers in the world. From a crisp ale …

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Christmastown: A Holiday Noir

Now through 12/24/2018

In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown …

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Winterfest at Seattle Center

Now through 12/29/2018

A wonderland of sparkling lights, child-sized diversions and spirited entertainment, Seattle Center Winterfest takes place in venues and …

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Museum Partners

Mt. Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum South

Mt. Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum

  • Address 54124 Mountain Hwy E, Elbe, WA 98330
  • Phone (360) 492-5588
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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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Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum North

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum

  • Address 3407 109th St SW, Everett, WA 98204
  • Phone (206) 342-4242
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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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