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Public art, art galleries and museums are a gift to the people. The artist and the art community, as a love of the craft and skill involved, make available to the public these creations to be pondered, studied, and hopefully admired. The theme of these works of art can be obscure or quite clear. However, even in what seems to be a clearly stated work of art, do not be surprised to find that the artist has something hidden for you to find. No matter your favorite style of art, you will find it on display in the Puget Sound area.

Museums collect, preserve and display items from the past, for people of the present and future. Museums tell us a story or show us a timeline of the past; not only in words, but in paintings, photos, carvings, useful objects and objects of which their use is yet to be discovered. Many museums have interactive exhibits for both children and adults. Some museums have real-time stations where we can see history in the making.

Some museums are free at all times but may ask for a donation, while others have free days or hours. No matter your area of interest you will find a museum in our little corner of the world that you will enjoy exploring.

Seattle Art Museum

1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone 206 654 3100
Free to all 1st Thursday of each month open until 9pm
Free to seniors 1st Friday of each month

Ogle the 48-foot high Hammering Man Sculpture at the door of the region's premier art museum! Gallery space has recently been expanded by 70%, allowing for a substantial increase in exhibits. Tour an impressive collection of more than 21,000 art objects, from Old Masters paintings to African masks. A magnificent collection of collections. Restaurant on premises.

Olympic Sculpture Park

2901 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone 206 654 3100
Open and free 365 days a year!
Café in the PACCAR Pavilion

Experience the variety of 21 sculpture’s by internationally acclaimed artists in an outdoor setting, while enjoying the breathtaking views and beauty of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. And it’s all Free.

Seattle Asian Art Museum

Located in VolunteerPark
1400 E Prospect Street
Seattle, WA 98112–3303
Phone: 206 654 3100
Free Parking
Free 1st Thursday and 1st Saturday of each month.
Free to Seniors 1st Friday each month

For those interested in the historical study of the development, over the centuries and down through the various dynasties, of bronze, stoneware, porcelain, ceramics, pottery and the like, a stroll through the Seattle Asian Art Museum is like a walk back through time. These items comprise only one of many wonderful Asian art exhibits available for your enjoyment. There are also world-renowned collections of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, East Indian, Southeast Asian, and Himalayan art. There are approximately 23,000 art objects on display -- the Bearded-One was fascinated by the statue of the Monk at the Moment of Enlightenment. Café on Premise

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Located in VolunteerPark
1400 E. Galer Street
Seattle, WA 98112
Phone: 206 684 4743 or 206 322 4112
Admission: Free or Donations

The Victorian style 6,200 square foot glass-house was built in 1912 and is divided into five houses representing five distinct environments, from jungle to desert. Visit the Bromeliad House, the Palm House, the Fern House, the Cactus House, and the Seasonal Display House. Enjoy one of the largest public orchid collections in the country and an equally impressive extensive bromeliad collection. A favorite with visitors of all ages is the Cactus House.

Frye Art Museum

704 Terry Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98104
Phone: 206 622-9250
Opening times vary please call ahead.
Admission: Free
Free Parking

Located on First Hill not far from downtown Seattle, the Frye is the home of the extensive art collection of Charles and Emma Frye, Seattle pioneers who began collecting art in the 1890s. The collection focuses on late-19th-century and early 20th century European and American painters Andrew Wyeth, Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper, Albert Bierstadt, and Pablo Picasso, as well as a large collection of engravings by Winslow Homer. In addition temporary exhibitions are held throughout the year. Café on Premise

Seattle Museum of the Mysteries

623 Broadway Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
Phone 206 328 6499
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10: a.m. - Noon Fri: Noon - 8:30 p.m. Sat: Noon – 10: p.m. (Lock-in 10: p. m. - midnight) Sun: 1: p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Because Seattle Museum of the Mysteries is volunteer based, we suggest you call before visiting. Most events are on weekends.
Admission: A small donation (check the web-site)

If you are into ghosts and things that go bump in the night… or the unexplained… Sasquatch, UFOs, and Crop Circles, then you must stop by the Seattle Museum of the Mysteries. It is a paranormal science museum with exhibits, an extensive library and a cultural center exploring the legends, lore, UFO history, Bigfoot and haunted locations of the Northwest. Seattle Museum of the Mysteries is also the home of the Capitol Hill Ghost Tour, an easy walking tour of Seattle's most historically haunted locations, famous ghosts (their history), Lake View Cemetery the resting spot for Seattle's pioneers and the graves of Bruce & Brandon Lee and a review of Capitol Hill's prohibition history. Or, Take part in the popular Mystery Museum Lock In! (Play Poker with a Ghost). Or, Meet Chantelle, a Clairsentient who has an ability to communicate with those on the other side. Some people say Chantelle is Seattle's scariest lady. Check the web-site schedule for upcoming events and scheduled speakers, they are to numerous to list here.

The Wing Luke Asian Museum

719 South King Street
Seattle, WA
Phone 206 623 5124
Admission: $4 and under
Free on 1st Thurs and 3rd Wed of each month

In 1910 a group of Chinese businessmen bankrolled a pair of buildings that would become the center of the new Chinese community now called the International District. This pair of four story buildings afforded the community with hotels containing retail space on the ground level.

One of these buildings, the East Kong Yick building has now been reborn into the new home of the Wing Luke Asian Museum. Moving the museum to its new location has been a community dream and goal for over some ten years. The Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) represented by the museum constitutes the history of hope, struggle, sorrow, and success of the people from over forty Pacific Rim countries. The museum provides guided tours that are both soulful and educational.

Bill Speidel's Underground Tour

608 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone 206 682 4646

This isn't exactly a museum in the real sense of the word. But, isn't a museum a place where artifacts are kept, so we can learn about history? Well, let me tell you, on this tour you will learn a lot about Seattle's past. Learn why Seattleites of yesteryear flushed with the tides. This is a unique walking tour of the subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and first floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle. You’ll encounter six flights of stairs, uneven terrain and spotty lighting. Dress for the weather and leave your spike heel shoes at home! I never tire of going on or taking visitors on this tour.

Klondike Gold Rush Natl. Historical Park

319 Second Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone 206 553 7220
Admission: Free
Open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm

Klondike Gold Rush Natl. Historical Park is located in the old Cadillac Hotel in Seattle’s Historic District. That’s right, a National Park indoors. The Cadillac was built in 1889 and was a favorite of the adventurers headed for the Gold Fields in Alaska and the Yukon. Experience the spirit of the Klondike Gold Rush come to life as you tour 20 interactive exhibits winding through this two story museum.

Pacific Science Center

Phone 206 443 2001
Pacific Science Center is located under the arches near the Space Needle. Daytime entrances are on Denny Way and the main entrance and Will Call are located facing Seattle Center to the north. This is also the only evening entrance.
Open Daily 10: a.m. to 6: p.m.

There is something here for everyone; whether it be a movie on a screen six stories high and 80 feet long, or a butterfly exhibit. Visit two Imax theaters, state of the art laser shows and oodles of great exhibits. See science in action; dazzling experiments and live animals teach interactive lessons that educate and enthuse! Check at information desk for a list of the daily demonstrations and show times. This is for kids of all ages.

The Children’s Museum

First Level of Center House
Phone 206 441 1768
Mon thru Fri 10am to 5pm Sat and Sun 10: a.m. to 6: p.m.

The Children’s Museum is an environment just for children, toddlers through 10, and their families. Every exhibit is interactive, which not only allows but encourages child-sized hands to explore. Climb a mountain, jump into a marmot hole, build something bigger than you are. The Museum features 11 permanent exhibits, an art studio, two education classrooms, a temporary traveling exhibit gallery, a story telling circle and resource library.

EMP The Experience Music Project

325 Fifth Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone 206 724 3428
Free on 1st Thursday of each month from 5pm to 8pm
Restaurant on premise

Explore the essence of rock 'n' roll, from its roots in jazz, soul, gospel, country and the blues, to its influence on hip hop, punk and other more recent genres in this one of a kind structure. Learning about music has never been so much fun.

SFM Science Fiction Museum and Hall Of Fame

325 Fifth Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone 206 724 3428
Free on 1st Thursday of each month from 5pm to 8pm
Restaurant on premise

This is an absolute must for devoted fans of Science Fiction. It’s packed full of actual props and costumes from Star Trek, Star Wars, Alien, Dr. Who, and Terminator. Robots, jet packs, space suits, ray guns, it's all here.

Center for Wooden Boats

South Lake Union
1010 Valley Street
Seattle, WA 98109-4468
Phone 206 386 2628
Admission: Free or donation
Museum Hours: Oct thru March Tues thru Sun 10am to 5 pm Boat Rentals noon to dusk. March thru Oct every day 10am to 6pm Boat Rentals, noon to 6pm
FREE classic boat rides every Sunday 2pm to 3pm

Explore a collection of wooden boats that ranges from ancient dugout canoes and Kayaks to modern day boats. Watch restorations in progress, old salts and young salts at work. Or, observe a native canoe carver ply this ancient craft. View historic ships and check out the native canoes displayed overhead in the rafters. Sail or row a boat. Be sure to check out the Seattle Slipper!

Northwest Seaport

1002 Valley Street
Seattle, WA 98109-4468

If you like Maritime history (of Puget Sound) and getting a close up look at some of the boats that were a part of that history, told to you by folks in the know, then Northwest Seaport is for you. Some of the “Old Timers” you’ll get a close up look at are: Fireboat Duwamish, Tugboat Arthur Foss, Lightboat Swiftsure, previously known as Relief, "Mosquito Fleet" steamer Virginia V and the Schooner Wawona.

There is something here that will appeal to all ages and it doesn’t all happen at night or just in the summer. All year long there are concerts and Sea Chantey sing alongs (Sea Chantey Nights are free or donations). Check for prices schedules and times at If you have young ones in tow (ages 2-5), be sure to check out Story Hour aboard the Arthur Foss every second and fourth Thursdays each month @ 11: a.m. These are stories about boats, kids and the sea. Plus the kids get a close look at the 100 year old tug. It’s free or donations are gladly accepted.

Nordic Heritage Museum

3014 NW 67th Street
Seattle, WA 98117
Phone 206 789 5707
Admission $6 and under Parking Free
Free all day on the 1st Tuesday of each month 10: am to 4: pm

Relive the Dream of America that brought the Scandinavian immigrants west to Seattle as you visit Iceland Room, Norway Room, Denmark Room, Finland Room, and Sweden Room in Seattle’s Nordic district of Ballard. Only minutes from Downtown Seattle.

Museum of Flight

Boeing Field
9404 East Marginal Way S.
Seattle, WA 98108-4097
206 764 5720
Free Parking
Free 1st Thursday evenings 5pm to 9pm
Café on Premise

The Museum of Flight's collection of aerospace artifacts is the largest and most comprehensive in the western United States. Test the controls in the cockpit of the world's fastest jet, dock with the Hubble Space Telescope; take a turn in the X-Pilot full-motion simulator, and a lot more. Don’t forget to check out the Hall of Heroes. And it’s all just ten minutes from downtown Seattle.

Northwest African American Museum

2300 S. Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144
Phone 206 518 6000
FREE to all 1st Thursday of each month
Café &amo; Museum Store on premise

The long awaited Northwest African American Museum, opened March 8th 2008 with much fanfare and a star-studded, music filled celebration. Beginning in 1981, the battle to save Coleman School (the sought after home for the museum) from the wrecking ball was a tortuous journey for both supporters and community alike. However, now with the museum as part the Urban League Village, the plans for the development and expansion into a living historical and culture center are now well on their way.

The Museum’s galleries will provide for long term and short term exhibits to show case through visual arts, music, crafts, literature, photos and artifacts the history of the Black American pioneers who settled the Pacific Northwest. The story of the Black American in the Pacific Northwest, both past and present, is one to be told, studied and appreciated by all who live or visit here. This is a museum is one to visit often and watch grow.

Kubota Garden

9817 55th Avenue S
Seattle, Washington 98118
206 684 4584
Admission: Free
Open everyday sunup to sunset

In 1927 Fujitaro Kubota bought five acres of logged-off swampland in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle and began his garden. Fujitaro's dream was to display the beauty of the Northwest in a Japanese manner. Today, Kubota Gardens is a stunning 20 acre landscape that blends Japanese garden concepts with native Northwest plants. Stroll by streams, waterfalls, ponds, and rock outcroppings in this unique urban refuge. There are two picnic tables, a great deal of lawn area and plenty of parking.

Bellevue Arts Museum

510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 519-0770

Bellevue Arts Museum, established in 1975, has consistently presented high quality exhibitions with a broad regional—and in some cases national—impact . Over the years, the Museum has developed a strong reputation as an important showcase for contemporary art.

In 2004, Bellevue Arts Museum decided to also focus on reestablishing its role in a community art fair. Their vision: "Illuminating and enriching the human spirit through art, craft and design." Since then the Museum has presented 35 world-class exhibitions celebrating high -caliber international and local artists, as well as over 250 free or low-cost educational programs. Throughout 2008, Bellevue Arts Museum will host 10 new exhibitions,the majority celebrating Northwest artists. The Museum will also launch a new Free First Friday Lecture Series and host its annual ArtsFair and Kidsfair events.

Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art

1116 108th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 455-1116

This place is incredible! Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art houses one of the world's foremost doll collections – over 3000 dolls on display (as well as for sale)—over 1200 dolls on permanent display. Since opening in 1992, this unique Museum has received many awards, including the prestigious Jumeau Trophy for Best Private Doll Museum in the World, won in Paris in 1994.

The whole family will enjoy a stroll through this elegantly designed modern structure surrounded by dolls, teddy bears, toys, dollhouses, miniatures and other childhood memorabilia. Childhood memories will be awakened, while new memories are being stored away.

Kirkland Arts Center

620 Market Street
Kirkland, WA 98033-5421
425 822-7161

The Kirkland Arts Center Gallery fosters regional artist, encourages innovation and creativity, and provides rare opportunities for independent curators. Committed to engaging, accessible contemporary art, the KAC gallery showcases emerging and established artists and examines emerging themes and regional styles. Critically and popularly accalimed, the KAC Gallery is the only free, professional non-profit gallery on the Eastside.

Gilman Town Hall Museum

165 S.E. Andrews Street
Issaquah, Washington 98027
Phone: (425) 392-3500

The Gilman Town Hall Museum is located in the original town hall established in the early 1890s, when Issaquah was still called Gilman. Not a large museum, but one chock full of memorabilia—everything from one of Issaquah's original water pipes to a dynamite blaster.

Learn the story of Issaquah's past through hundreds of photographs and artifacts, plus a variety of interactive displays. You can even stop off at the two-cell concrete jail out back—built in 1914 to replace a wooden jail which proved to be inadequate for its rambunctious inmates. This is a great place to find out about the town once called Squak.

Issaquah Depot Museum

50 Rainier Blvd. N.
Issaquah, WA 98027
PH: (425)392-3500

The Issaquah Historical Society along with the generous help of the entire community has managed to completely restore the town’s original train depot. This is another great little museum where the visitor gets a first hand feel of how Issaquah came to be.

Visit the Station Master’s office—the most important man in town, back then. Imagine yourself waiting for the train back in the 1890s as you peruse old photos and artifacts, or explore the display of rail cars in the yard. Don’t miss the beautiful mural with a fascinating arraying of the area’s history.

Museum of Glass

1801 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 396-1768

The Museum of Glass, brainchild of Tacoma’s own internationally renown glass artist, Dale Chihuly, celebrates the dramatic new Studio Glass movement, while nurturing and encouraging creativity of area artists. There are three galleries in the Museum that show changing contemporary art exhibitions. Visitors especially enjoy the several indoor and outdoor installations, but one of the biggest draws is the Hot Shop where you can see live glassmaking.

The Hot Shop Amphitheater, housed in an imposing 90-foot-tall stainless steel cone, includes a hot glass studio, cold glass studio and accommodates over 200 visitors. The cone itself is 100 feet in diameter at its base, narrowing to a 15-foot opening at the top. Molten glass is kept in 2 large furnaces, each holding 1,000-pounds of glass and reaching temperatures up to 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Another not to miss experience is the The Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot-long pedestrian bridge that links the museum with downtown Tacoma. As you stroll across the bridge you will pass through (or should I say under) The Seaform Pavilion; this is some 2,364 objects from Chihuly's Seaform and Persian series placed on top of a 50-by-20 foot plate-glass ceiling. At bridge’s center you encounter the Crystal Towers, each rising 40 dramatic feet above the bridge deck and made of 63 large Chihuly-made crystals. Visitors are always breathless at the Venetian Wall, an 80-foot installation displaying 109 Chihuly sculptures—one of the largest blown-glass works executed in the history of the medium.

Washington State History Museum

1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
The museum website

Take a trip through Washington State’s history. It might be a lot more interesting than you think. Through the Museum’s diverse exhibits, view the people who lived here first, before explorers came from East and West. Meet the settlers who followed, and those who built the cities, railroads and industries. And of course, the folks who made it all run.

Ride a covered wagon, explore a coal mine, take a video trip down the Columbia River, walk through a traditional Southern Coast Salish plank house, visit a Seattle Hooverville shack and listen in as Mac and Leon discuss the Depression.

Colorful, interactive exhibits and walk-through dioramas depict the natural setting, the lifestyle and culture of the various inhabitants, exploration and settlement of the region, and important people and milestone events that shaped our state. Thirty-five different human sculptures share their stories through interactive audio, and video programs describing life as a "timber beast," a railroad worker, a fisherman on the Columbia River. Six touch-screen Electronic Journals add depth to the ideas and stories presented throughout the Museum. Block out plenty of time, for this is a big place with a lot to see. On Thursdays from 5pm-8pm admission is free. Check the museum website for all other times and cost of admission.

Tacoma Art Museum

1701 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402

The Tacoma Art Museum’s rich collection contains more than 3,400 works, with an emphasis on art by Northwest artists and key holdings in nineteenth-century European and twentieth-century American art.

The museum presents works of art to achieve a dynamic balance of exhibitions from historic to contemporary periods, presenting 10 to 15 imaginatively paired exhibitions, always placing Northwest artists beside a continuum of historically-important artists. Exhibits include Studio Glass work, Studio Art Jewelry, Works on Paper (over 1900 prints), Japanese Woodblock Prints, and European Painting and Sculpture. Admission is free on Third Thursdays. Check at for all other times and admission prices.

Children’s Museum Of Tacoma

936 Broadway Avenue
Tacoma, Washington 98402
253 627 6031

If you are traveling with children, or you need to occupy some cranky kids for an afternoon, head for the Children’s Museum Of Tacoma. Not only will all enjoy themselves, but you’ll all come away a little bit more informed.

The Museum's imaginative environment reaches beyond home and school experiences, nurturing growth and development as young children and their adults explore the world together. Check out cool exhibits like…

  • Smart Moves with Food and Fitness, where dramatic and explorative play lets adults and children discover healthy options in selecting foods and beverages, and try their hand at the kids' yoga workout studio or the climbing wall.
  • Bank on It! Where exhibit activities and games focus on viewing money through three lenses: spending, saving, and sharing.
  • New Digs, an interactive neighborhood brimming with container gardens, window boxes, a produce stand and delivery truck where the kids learn to sort, count, weigh, buy and sell fruits and vegetables. Garden-to-table connections are made as children roleplay in the sidewalk cafe, whipping up tasty treats or ordering a fresh lunch. You and the kids will love it. After all, it’s not really school, just playing with some new friends.

Admission is free every first Friday.

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

Located in Point Defiance Park
5400 N Pearl Street #11
Tacoma, WA 98407 USA
253 591-5339
The Fort Nisqually website

Fort Nisqually, a Hudson's Bay Company outpost built in 1833, was the first European settlement on Puget Sound. With a diverse work force of American, English, French Canadian, Hawaiian, Irish, Native American, and Scottish laborers, Fort Nisqually was a bustling center of trade that expanded into a large-scale agricultural enterprise.

Today, in the Living History Museum, volunteers and staff in period clothing demonstrate the crafts of the 19th Century and engage visitors in historic-feeling dialogue. This amazing place steps the visitor back in time to experience life in Washington Territory during the fur trade era. Check the The Fort Nisqually website for admission and operating hours information.

LeMay Museum

"America's Car Museum"
325 152nd Street East
Tacoma, WA 98445

Harold and Nancy LeMay amassed the largest privately owned collection of automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, other vehicles and related memorabilia in the world. At its peak, the LeMay Collection numbered in excess of 3,000 vehicles and thousands of artifacts—listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest privately owned collection in the world; impressive if accomplished by a King, but jaw dropping, awesome when accomplished by a local businessman from Tacoma, Washington.

A new Museum is in the works, but the old one is pretty impressive, with over 350 vintage and specialty automobiles, trucks, fire trucks, busses and related memorabilia. Check the website,, for hours and addmission info.

Weyerhaeuser Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S.
Federal Way, WA 98003 253 924 5206 ext. 5206
1 800 525 5440 ext. 5206
Admission Free
Free Parking

One of the major cultural attractions in the Puget Sound region, Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection is regarded as one of the top bonsai museums in the United States. Take a guided tour or just stroll through this forest of 100 exquisite Bonsai trees and it’s just 26 miles from downtown Seattle. Be sure to call ahead or check the website, for opening and closing hours.


5917 South 196th Street
Kent, WA 98032
206 764 9453
Tue - Thurs: 10am-8pm
Wed - Sat: 10am-4pm
Click Here For Website

This is the nation's only public museum dedicated solely to powerboat racing. When you visit here, you will meet the legendary Hydroplane drivers like Bill Muncey, Ron Musson, Mira Slovak, "Wild" Bill Cantrell. Get a close up view of the completely restored Thunderboats like Miss America VIII (1929,31 Harmsworth winner); Slo-mo-shun IV (1950,52, 53 Gold Cup winner); Slo-mo-shun V (1951, 54 Gold Cup winner); Hawaii Kai III (1958 Gold Cup winner); Miss Thriftway (1961, 62 Gold Cup winner); the legendary "Green Dragon" Miss Bardahl and the 1967 Miss Budweiser.

Museum of History and Industry


860 Terry Ave N 
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 324-1126
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First Thursdays Free

The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), has moved to it’s new digs in South Lake Union. Bring the whole family down and check it out. MOHAI is "dedicated to enriching lives by preserving, sharing and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region." This is a great museum for kids and adults alike. Check out the MOHAI website at for times, fees, events & exhibits on display.


305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA 98109
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Chihuly has often said, “I want my work to appear as though it came from nature so if someone found it… they might think it belonged there.”

Chihuly takes his work beyond traditional indoor gallery presentations with the Garden, anchored by four monumental sculptures, the exhibition provides an opportunity for discovery and surprise. A rich backdrop for the art, it features paths lined with trees, plants and flowers.

The centerpiece of Chihuly Garden and Glass is the Glasshouse. A 40-foot tall, glass and steel structure covering 4,500 square feet of light-filled space housing a 100-foot long sculpture in a color palette of reds, oranges, yellows and amber. Made of many individual elements, it is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures. The perception of the artwork varies greatly with natural light and as the day fades into night.

The eight galleries and three Drawing Walls of the Exhibition Hall offer a comprehensive collection of Dale Chihuly’s significant series of work.

The Chihuly Garden and Glass Theater presents short videos on Chihuly’s working process—interviews, glassblowing, working onsite doing installations and exhibitions. Visitors will see the choreography in the hotshop as the team executes his vision. The Theater is a gathering place for lectures, educational and community events in a state-of-the-art audio visual environment.

SPARK The Museum of Electrical Invention

Wed-Sun 11am to 5pm
1312 Bay Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
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The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention offers an exciting and educational experience for audiences of all ages. Compelling, interactive exhibits spanning four centuries of scientific achievement and cultural heritage are featured in a world-class collection of unique objects. The Spark Museum displays the inventions and innovations that changed the course of human history.

Tacoma Art Museum

1701 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402

The Tacoma Art Museum’s rich collection contains more than 3,400 works, with an emphasis on art by Northwest artists and key holdings in nineteenth-century European and twentieth-century American art.

The museum presents works of art to achieve a dynamic balance of exhibitions from historic to contemporary periods, presenting 10 to 15 imaginatively paired exhibitions, always placing Northwest artists beside a continuum of historically-important artists. Exhibits include Studio Glass work, Studio Art Jewelry, Works on Paper (over 1900 prints), Japanese Woodblock Prints, and European Painting and Sculpture. Admission is free on Third Thursdays.


121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

250 Flora Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

201 Prospect Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

Bellingham's newest attraction, the Whatcom Museum, joins the Seattle Art Museum and Tacoma's Glass Museum as “must see” of art fans far and wide. The Museum occupies three distinctive and historically significant buildings in downtown Bellingham's cultural district: THE LIGHTCATCHER, named for its focal point and most innovative feature — a spectacular, translucent wall 37 feet high and 180 feet long, that captures the Northwest’s most precious natural resource, sunlight, by day and illuminates interior lights by night, a constant glow hovering over downtown. OLD CITY HALL, home to Whatcom Museum since 1941, which will now house both temporary and permanent history exhibitions. THE SYRE EDUCATION CENTER now home to a classroom space and permanent historical exhibits for group tours and school field trips.

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