Photo: Liu Nian
Museum of Flight. Photo: Andrew Kalat
Frye Art Museum Courtesy of Mark Woods
Courtesy Wing Luke Museum

SeattleMuseums

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

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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Jane Wong: After Preparing the Altar, the Ghosts Feast Feverishly

Now through 9/1/2019

Jane Wong’s poems and essays unearth silenced histories, immigrant narratives, and intergenerational trauma. The Seattle-based writer’s recent projects …

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Debora Moore: Arboria

Ongoing

This exhibition premiers the artist’s new monumental sculptures exploring the beauty and awe of seasonal change. Inspired by …

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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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Mary Van Cline: Selections from The Documenta Project

Ongoing

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

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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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Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic

Ongoing

From The Wizard of Oz and The Princess Bride to Harry Potter, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic …

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Mary Van Cline: Selections from The Documenta Project

Ongoing

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

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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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Meet our Marine Mammals

Ongoing

Come learn more about the marine mammals during their daily talks and feedings! Mammal feeding locations rotate daily.

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A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes

Now through 9/2/2019

Using the six personality types of a queen – Sage, Enchantress, Explorer, Mother Earth, Heroine, and Thespian – …

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The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion

Now through 7/28/2019

Senior year (and falling in love) is hard enough, but when the discovery of her mother’s old trophy …

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Museum Partners

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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Klondike Gold Rush NHP-Seattle Pioneer Square

Klondike Gold Rush NHP-Seattle

  • Address 319 Second Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 220-4240
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Henry Art Gallery University District

Henry Art Gallery

  • Address University of Washington, 4100 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
  • Phone (206) 543-2280
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USS Turner Joy DD-951 – Bremerton Historic Ships Association Western WA

USS Turner Joy DD-951 – Bremerton Historic Ships Association

  • Address 300 Washington Beach Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337
  • Phone (360) 792-2457
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