Seattle Museums

From fine art to Jimi Hendrix's guitar!

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.

Which museums in Seattle will you enjoy? Well...

Do you like fine art?

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!

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:




Seattle Museums - Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum, SAM

The most well-known of the Seattle museums, SAM was remodeled in 2007. The museum boasts a permanent collection of pieces from all over the globe as well as traveling exhibits for the frequent visitor.


Seattle Museums - Experience Music Project

Experience Music Project Seattle, EMP

A museum dedicated to the history of popular (mostly rock) music housed in the most bizarre building in the Northwest - and possibly the nation!


Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame

Science Fiction Museum Seattle, Science Fiction Hall of Fame

Housed in the same building as Experience Music Project, it it the first museum dedicated to science fiction filmmakers, artists, writers, and publishers.


Seattle Museums - Museum of History and Industry

Museum of History and Industry, MOHAI, Seattle History

Known as MOHAI by the locals, this museum presents the history of the Pacific Northwest, including 150 years of fascinating Seattle history.


Seattle Museums - Pacific Science Center

Pacific Science Center

Located at the foot of the Space Needle, the Science Center offers a planetarium, an IMAX theater, and lots of hands-on interactive exhibits that make learning about science fun! Kids will love it and so will parents and teachers!


Seattle Museums - Seattle Asian Art Museum

Seattle Asian Art Museum

The Seattle Asian Art Museum, located in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill in a beautiful Art Deco building, is dedicated to showcasing Seattle Art Museum's Asian collections as well as hosting visiting exhibitions of works from all over Asia.


Seattle Museums - Burke Museum

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

The Burke displays an impressive collection of fossils and bones, dinosaur skeletons and cultural items. It's a great place to take the kids and adults will enjoy it, too.


Frye Art Museum

Frye Art Museum

This one came to be when a prominent businessman and art collector willed his extensive collection to the people of Seattle with the condition that admission always be free!


Museum of Flight

This Seattle Museum is dedicated to the story of man's desire to fly and the events that took us from those first fleeting seconds of hovering a few feet in the air to breaking the sound barrier and landing on the Moon.


Wing Luke Asian Museum

The Wing Luke Museum is the only pan-Asian Pacific American museum in the country. In 2008, it moved into its new home in the East Kong Yick Building built by Chinese immigrants in 1910.


Seattle Children's Museum

Just for kids ages birth through 10 years and their families. Every exhibit is colorful, interactive, and, most of all, fun!


Center for Wooden Boats

Located in the heart of Seattle on Lake Union, the Center offers hands-on experiences with a fleet of historic wooden boats.







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