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

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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Ron Ho: A Jeweler’s Tale

Now through 9/15/2019

This exhibition celebrates the life and legacy of renowned Northwest jeweler Ron Ho. When Ho passed away in …

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Nordic Journeys

Ongoing

This exhibition encompasses five distinct galleries and will feature not only beloved and important artifacts from our own …

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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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Oscar Tuazon: Collaborator

Now through 9/15/2019

Bellevue Arts Museum will present the first solo museum exhibition in the Pacific Northwest for Los Angeles-based artist …

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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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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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Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement

Now through 9/8/2019

As industrialization brought sweeping and dehumanizing changes to 19th-century England, a small group of artists reasserted the value …

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Seattle Brewery Tour – Road Dog Tours

Ongoing

Seattle is home to the best craft breweries and micro beers in the world. From a crisp ale …

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Metaphor into Form: Art in the Era of the Pilchuck Glass School

Ongoing

Founded in 1971, the Pilchuck Glass School, co-founded by Tacoma native Dale Chihuly, emerged as a world-renowned center …

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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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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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Museum Partners

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) South Lake Union

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

  • Address 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Phone (206) 324-1126
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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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Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum North

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum

  • Address 3407 109th St SW, Everett, WA 98204
  • Phone (206) 342-4242
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Chihuly Garden and Glass Downtown Seattle

Chihuly Garden and Glass

  • Address 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Phone (206) 905-2180
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