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.

Most Popular Seattle Museums

Seattle Art Museum

First Thursdays SAM is FREE!

Experience Music Project

Seattle's Rock and Roll Museum

Pacific Science Center

Making science fun!

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 MuseumHenry 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!

Interested in Seattle history or Northwest history and culture?

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.

Looking for a way to entertain the kids?

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.

Love rock and roll?

Spend an afternoon in the most bizarre building around, Paul Allen's Experience Music Project and trace the history of rock and pop music.

Are Star Wars and Star Trek more to your liking?

Immerse yourself in the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. Captain Kirk's chair is here!

Ever dream of flying?

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:

More Seattle Museums

Science Fiction Museum

In 2004, the Science Fiction Museum Seattle moved into the same building with Experience Music Project. It also houses the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. One entrance fee gets you into both EMP and the SFM.

Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum, located in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill in a beautiful Art Deco building, is an Asian art museum Seattle can be proud of.

Frye Art Museum

The Frye Art Museum opened in 1952 and collected and exhibited mostly representational art. Only relatively recently have they started to venture a bit beyond realism in some of their exhibits.