Seattle museums run the gamut from fine art to local history at MOHAI to Jimi Hendrix's guitar at Experience Music Project to interactive exhibits for kids at Pacific Science Center.
The Seattle Art Museum has many fine pieces in its permanent collection. SAM also makes it possible for Seattleites to view items from other museums such as the Louvre through its traveling exhibits. They also offer great information and activities for educators.
Other Seattle museums that feature fine art exhibits are the Frye Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. There are lots of art galleries in the city and surrounding areas as well. Many of these participate in regularly scheduled art walks. You can stroll from gallery to gallery, admire the artwork, enjoy refreshments, and sometimes meet the artists!
The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is a great place to learn about Seattle history. The Nordic Heritage Museum focuses on the Emerald City's Scandinavian immigrants, and the Wing Luke Asian Art Museum is dedicated to Asian Pacific American history, culture, and art. The Burke Museum at the University of Washington is dedicated to Pacific Northwest natural history. The Burke also has an excellent collection of Native American artwork.
There are several Seattle museums that kids will enjoy. Check out the Pacific Science Center or the Children's Museum at Seattle Center. Both are excellent places to hang out with your children - a good option for those rainy days! There are plenty of hands-on activities, interactive exhibits, and just plain kid-friendly fun! Kids will also like the Museum of Flight, and the Center for Wooden Boats.
You can get a discount to some of these places by buying a Seattle CityPASS.
Spend an afternoon in the most bizarre building around, Paul Allen's Experience Music Project and trace the history of rock and pop music.
Immerse yourself in the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. Captain Kirk's chair is here!
The Museum of Flight holds the story of those who shared that dream and made it happen. Try out the flight simulator or walk onto the Air Force One 707 used by presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.
Whatever your interest, you're sure to find something you like at one of these Seattle museums. Find out more below: