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!

"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

A/political Rocks

Now through 1/31/2024

Drawn from the Henry collection, A/political Rocks explores the role landscape photography has played in shaping experience of …

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Deities and Demons: Supernatural in Japanese Art


Japanese folklore, Shinto (an indigenous religion that reveres nature), and Buddhism have furnished fascinating subjects and ideas for …

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Art and Life Along the Northwest Coast


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

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Nirvana: Taking Punk To the Masses


The exhibition features instruments like Kurt Cobain’s Fender Stratocaster, Krist Novoselic’s Hiwatt DR103 bass amplifier head, and Dave …

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REMEMBRANCE: The Legacy of Executive Order 9066 in Washington State


This new long-term gallery explores the intergenerational impacts and legacy of the incarceration of people of Japanese descent …

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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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Pacific Species


Biodiversity inspires this selection of works, encouraging us to take a break from looking at one another and …

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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 …


Animals: Wild and Captured in Bronze

Now through 1/14/2024

Featuring wildlife that inhabit the West and the artists who have captured their likenesses in bronze.


Museum Partners

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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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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Seattle Children’s Museum Queen Anne

Seattle Children’s Museum

  • Address 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Phone (206) 441-1768
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Henry Art Gallery University District

Henry Art Gallery

  • Address University of Washington, 15th Ave NE & NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98195
  • Phone (206) 543-2280
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