MoPop. Photo: Jie Liu.
Burke Museum. Photo: Dennis Wise.
Museum of Flight. Photo: Andrew Kalat
Frye Art Museum Courtesy of Mark Woods


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!

Museum Partners

Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma

Tacoma Art Museum

  • Address 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Phone (253) 272-4258
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USS Turner Joy DD-951 – Bremerton Historic Ships Association Bainbridge/Bremerton

USS Turner Joy DD-951 – Bremerton Historic Ships Association

  • Address 300 Washington Beach Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337
  • Phone (360) 792-2457
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center Queen Anne

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center

  • Address 440 Fifth Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
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Frye Art Museum Capitol Hill

Frye Art Museum

  • Address 704 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 622-9250
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"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

Seattle FlyDogs


Dogs of all breeds catch air in these exciting displays of caped canine athletics. In between the shows, …

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Raul de Nieves

Now through 9/30/2024

Across painting, sculpture, and performance, Raul de Nieves fuses aesthetic traditions of Mexican craft, queer club culture, and …

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Meet our Marine Mammals


Meet delightful seals and otters. Choose your view – you can watch animals swimming and diving underwater, on …

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John Grade: Middle Fork


John Grade’s large-scale sculpture, Middle Fork, echoes the contours of a 140-year-old western hemlock tree located in the …

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Ginny Ruffner: Project Aurora

Now through 6/2/2024

Ballard-based artist Ginny Ruffner brings her monumental Project Aurora to the National Nordic Museum, a wall of light …

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Hidden Worlds: The Films of LAIKA

Now through 8/31/2024

Hidden Worlds: The Films of LAIKA grants you unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the legendary studio’s groundbreaking production techniques, …

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Poke in the Eye: Art of the West Coast Counterculture

6/21/2024 through 9/2/2024

This exhibition celebrates an alternative and oft-overlooked story in art history: the aesthetic practices that emerged in the …

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Humboldt Penguin Exhibit


Most people think of snow and ice when they think of penguins, but our penguins are from the …

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Anida Yoeu Ali: The Red Chador


Ali and six additional performers will appear dressed in chadors of varying colors and perform at all three …

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