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Museums for the Ages

Find the museum match for everyone in the family.


Seattle Children’s Museum (*305 Harrison St) is a one-stop shop for play and learning, from assembling structures in the Dunn Lumber Construction Zone to molding clay in the Imagination Studio. On the waterfront, browse the wares at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop (1001 Alaskan Way). Part museum and part antique shop, this Seattle institution contains hidden oddities and treasures, from the three-pronged walrus tusk to Sylvester, the resident mummy.

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For a combo of jam studios and pop culture artifacts, head to Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) (*325 Fifth Ave N). A collection of Hendrix guitars will inspire you to try an array of instruments in the insulated sound labs. The free Frye Art Museum (*704 Terry Ave) houses rotating exhibits from rising artists that tackle contemporary issues—think identity, culture, and justice. End your visit in the museum’s salon, where framed paintings surround you in an Instagram-worthy display reminiscent of the Louvre.

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Indulge in a uniquely Seattle experience at Chihuly Garden and Glass (*305 Harrison St), where glass sculptures shine against the backdrop of the iconic Space Needle. For classic and contemporary artwork, wander the nooks and crannies in the Seattle Art Museum (*1300 First Ave), which features world-class collections by artists from around the globe. Join one of the free tours for an in-depth look and conversations with local creatives.

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Older Adults

Take a walk down memory lane with historical exhibits at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) (*860 Terry Ave N) and the free Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (*319 Second Ave S). If your family has nautical roots, swing by the Center for Wooden Boats (1010 Valley St), where newly opened Wagner Education Center includes three exhibit halls and a plethora of maritime offerings—and don’t miss the fleet out front, perfect for a sunny day on the dock.

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