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

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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National Nordic Museum Ballard

National Nordic Museum

  • Address 2655 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
  • Phone (206) 789-5707
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Klondike Gold Rush NHP-Seattle Pioneer Square

Klondike Gold Rush NHP-Seattle

  • Address 319 Second Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Phone (206) 220-4240
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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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"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

Amazing Life


Over 8.7 million species are known to exist today, with more being discovered daily. How did this variety …

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On Native Land: Landscapes from the Haub Family Collection

Now through 11/17/2024

This exhibition features 14 landscapes paired with land acknowledgments to recognize more than 75 Native American communities whose …

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Summer at SAM

Now through 8/11/2024

Summer at SAM offers free programming combining visual art, music, and community every Thursday and Sunday from July …

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Soft Power

Now through 9/1/2024

The textile-based works in Soft Power are declarations: potent expressions of care, rebuke, resistance, and resilience. These soft …

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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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Home Beyond Earth

Now through 1/20/2025

Home Beyond Earth, is an immersive new exhibition that goes to the heart of the human experience of …


Winter in the West


Winter is here. This selection of paintings from the Haub Family Collection celebrates the winter season with a …

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Perspectives: Black Queer Nurse


In an honest, open presentation we will hear from Nurse Daniels herself on her experience and perspective as …

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Underwater Dome


Step through a short tunnel and into a one-of-a-kind exhibit: an undersea dome with a 360º view into …

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