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

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

Fossils Uncovered

Ongoing

Earth’s 4.5 billion-year history is a continuing saga of dynamic change. Events from ice ages to splitting continents …

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Northwest Native Art

Ongoing

What is your artistic heritage? Six Pacific Northwest Native artists from across the region answered this question in …

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Giant Pacific Octopus

Ongoing

Take a close look at one of the most elusive and fascinating sea creatures found in Puget Sound: …

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Dale Chihuly at Tacoma Art Museum

Ongoing

Celebrating world-renowned glass artist and Tacoma-native Dale Chihuly. Most of the works on view were donated by Chihuly …

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Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings Of Bruce Lee

Now through 7/28/2024

Do you ever wonder how Bruce Lee developed the philosophy behind his most iconic quote? This incredible interactive …

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Massive: The Power of Pop Culture

Ongoing

This exhibition explores the impact of global pop culture on our daily lives across 2,400 sq. ft. of …

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Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction

Ongoing

Packed with more than 150 artifacts from iconic films and television shows, this exhibition invites you to experience …

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Vietnam Divided: War Above Southeast Asia

Ongoing

Located in the Museum’s T.A. Wilson Great Gallery this installation focuses specifically on the air war above Southeast …

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Art and Life Along the Northwest Coast

Ongoing

Over their long habitation of the Pacific Northwest, First Peoples have shaped their lifeways around the resources of …

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Museum Partners

The Museum of Flight Southside Seattle

The Museum of Flight

  • Address 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
  • Phone (206) 764-5700
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Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center West Seattle

Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center

  • Address 4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106
  • Phone (206) 431-1582
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Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum North

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum

  • Address 3407 109th St SW, Everett, WA 98204
  • Phone (877) 342-3404
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Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture University District

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

  • Address 1413 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105
  • Phone (206) 543-5590
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