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

Maritime Seattle

Ongoing

Hosted in the historic bridge room, the gallery features stunning views of Lake Union and its bustling world …

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Gretchen Frances Bennett

Now through 6/2/2019

Seattle-based artist Gretchen Frances Bennett explores issues related to visual perception at the intersection of personal and historical …

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Simon Hanselmann: Bad Gateway

Now through 8/11/2019

The first museum exhibition for the creator of the New York Times bestselling Megg, Mogg & Owl graphic …

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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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Edgar Arceneaux: Library of Black Lies

Now through 6/2/2019

The unpacking and reconstruction of history is a central concern in Edgar Arceneaux’s (U.S., born 1972) installations, sculptures, …

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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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Lisa Fischer

Now through 5/26/2019

“Lisa Fischer in concert is addictive. Every performance is so enriching, so exciting, so transcendent that you want …

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Urinetown

Now through 5/26/2019

This hilarious multi-Tony Award nominee is an outrageous satire set in a fictional future where a terrible 20-year …

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Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction

Ongoing

Packed with more than 150 artifacts from iconic films and television shows, this new exhibition invites you to …

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Spotlight on Dale Chihuly: Works from Museum of Glass Permanent Collection

Ongoing

In honor of Chihuly’s impact on the Studio Glass movement and his continuing connection to Tacoma and the …

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True Northwest: The Seattle Journey

Ongoing

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

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Simon Hanselmann: Bad Gateway

Now through 8/11/2019

The first museum exhibition for the creator of the New York Times bestselling Megg, Mogg & Owl graphic …

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Museum Partners

Seattle Pinball Museum International District

Seattle Pinball Museum

  • Address 508 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 623-0759
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Seattle Children’s Museum Queen Anne

Seattle Children’s Museum

  • Address 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Phone (206) 441-1768
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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience International District

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

  • Address 719 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 623-5124
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Bellevue Arts Museum Bellevue/Eastside

Bellevue Arts Museum

  • Address 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
  • Phone (425) 519-0770
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