Seattle museums count as some of the city’s best attractions, especially with the rainy climate that takes hold of the city for days in row.
|Art||Transport||History & Heritage||Science & Nature||Kids Friendly||Quirky|
Seattle Art Museums
Seattle is a paradise for visual art lovers as well as for fans of music. Seattle museums are home to world wide famous masterpieces of international painters, sculptors, and modern artists. Featuring a collection of over 25,000 art objects, ranging from paintings to African crafts objects and contemporary Northwest Art, Seattle Museum of Art (SAM) is a must-have artistic experience for the entire family.
But there is much more to art in Seattle than the SAM. Legacy of a family of philanthropist immigrants and art lovers, Frye Art Museum houses an impressive collection of 19th-20th century European paintings. Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) is community center for transformative art lovers as well as an exhibition hall. Those interested in Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian, or Himalayan art, should not miss the Asian Art Museum located in Volunteer Park.
|Seattle Art Museum||Frye Art Museum||Bellevue Arts Museum||Seattle Asian Art Museum|
|Chihuly Garden and Glass||The Center on Contemporary||EMP Museum||Henry Art Gallery|
Seattle Maritime, Aviation and Transportation Museums
The home town of one of the world’s most iconic plane manufacturer, Seattle has no shortage of museums dedicated to aviation, but you also of railway and maritime history.
Pay a visit to the Museum of Flight, if you want to find out everything about the birth of Boeing, and see historic aircrafts that will make you understand how the world of aviation became what it is today.
The Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie will reveal a lot of interesting details about the way trains and the railway system influenced people’s lives.
At the Center for Wooden Boat, you can have fun learning how to sail a boat and discovering the fascinating maritime history.
|Museum of Flight||Flying Heritage Museum|
|Northwest Railway Museum||Historic Flight Foundation||The Center for Wooden Boats|
Seattle History and Heritage Museums
A melting pot of immigrants of different Asian and European origins, home land of Native Indian tribes, Seattle offers an impressive number of history and heritage museums.
Visiting the Suquamish Museum, Wing Luke Asian Museum, the Nordic Heritage Museum, or the Duwamish Longhouse, you will get a deeper understand of the Northwest Pacific past, of the cultural amalgam that influenced the way the city looks nowadays.
A visit to the recently opened Seattle Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) will help you discover the history of various industry branches in Seattle.
|Suquamish Museum||Klondike Gold Rush Park||Wing Luke Asian Museum|
|Nordic Heritage Museum||MOHAI||Duwamish Longhouse|
Seattle Science and Nature Museums
Seattle museums focusing on the development of natural science and new technologies are not just exhibition spaces. You will find here complex entertainment centers hosting a wide range of science-related events and youth activities.
A visit to Burke Museum will keep your kids entertained for hours as they learn all about the history of Earth, while Pacific Science Center, they get to play the scientists and try their hands at fascinating experiments. These two institutions have their calendar full of events for kids and adults who want to learn more about science in an interactive way.
|Burke Museum||Pacific Science Center|
The Seattle Children’s Museum
Address: Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Opening hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturdays & Sundays
Prices: $8.25 for child and adults, $7.25 for grandparents, $7.00 for active military personnel, but on weekdays you can pay what you can
More info: www.thechildrensmuseum.org
Some would describe the Seattle Children’s Museum is just a 22,000 square feet playground, but those who have visited the place will define it as a space where science rules, and where kids can learn a lot of useful things in a playful and entertaining way.
The 2014 renovated Cog City exhibit is an amazing space, where your kids will learn all about the scientific background explaining phenomena like motion and velocity. The architects who redesigned this exhibit inspired themselves from The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan, filling this space with balls of various sizes your young ones can play with, drop into tubes, pass through air flow pipes, and move up a conveyor belt.
Fort Adventure is the place where young boys and girls can fulfill their constructor dream, building up a fort, a tent or a clubhouse using LEGO sets, shoe boxes, tires, sheets and blankets.
If your kids have globe-trotting ambitions, a visit to Seattle Children’s Museum can provide them with an idea of what visiting distant countries feels like. The Global Village they can sail the seas, create an African drum circle, ride through the Philippines on a rickshaw, and play the Master Sushi Chef in Kobe, Japan!
Other Kids Friendly Museums in Seattle
|Burke Museum||Pacific Science Center||EMP Museum|
Quirky Museums in Seattle
The best quirky museums in and around Seattle will let you get a glimpse of the history of this region and what makes it so special. You’ll also get to experience science, art, and nature in some unique ways.
See your favorite Seattle museums on this list or all of them and you will have a great experience the next time you visit the Emerald City.
You will enrich your knowledge and learn about many interesting topics such as the history of computers, robots or even the tallest man in the world and the shoes or clothes he was wearing.