SPECIAL INTEREST MUSEUMS
Explore the cultures, wildlife and geography of Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. See the art of native peoples and the only real dinosaur fossils on display in Washington. Open daily 10 am-5 pm. First Th of the month free and open until 8 pm. University of Washington, Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast, 206.543.5590.
THE CENTER FOR WOODEN BOATS
This hands- on museum has a collection of antique wooden boats on display with more that you can rent to explore Lake Union. They also offer classes for adults and children, have workshops and hold events. 1010 Valley St., 206.382.2628.
CHIHULY GARDEN AND GLASS
Located at the foot of the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass is Dale Chihuly’s permanent exhibition space featuring the pieces, inspirations and influences that shaped this talented artist’s career. Don’t miss the glass house with a massive installation piece featuring 1,400 Chihuly Persians and the outdoor gardens where glass art is intermixed with plants and landscaping elements native to the Northwest. 305 Harrison St., 206.753.4940.
KIDSQUEST CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Designed for educational and interactive play for children birth through 8, this museum
has exhibits and programs that cover science, technology, engineering, art and math. Check the website for the day’s schedule of special activities. 4091 Factoria Mall SE, Bellevue, 425.637.8100.
KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
This museum in Pioneer Square features a 3- D model of the neighborhood in 1897, a miner’s cabin and boat building exhibits. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. Free admission. 319 Second Ave. S, 206.220.4240.
LIVING COMPUTERS MUSEUM & LABS
This collection of vintage computers assembled by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, showcases the history that made him (and Bill Gates) famous. Admission $12, 5 and under free. W-Su, 10 am-5 pm. First Thursdays: 10 am- 8 pm (free 5 pm- 8 pm). 2245 First Ave. S, 206.342.2020.
MOPOP MUSEUM OF POP CULTURE
This epic museum focuses on music, science fiction and all things pop culture. Current exhibits include “Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame Exhibition,” “Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 19661970,” “Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic” and “Indie Game Revolution.” Open daily 10 am-5 pm. Seattle Center, 325 Fifth Ave. N, 206.770.2700.
MUSEUM OF HISTORY & INDUSTRY
Also known as MOHAI, this important local collection tells Seattle’s story from the 1800s to the present through exhibits like the Great Seattle Fire. The city’s history is captured in images, artifacts, films and oral histories. Open daily 10 am-5 pm; Th until 8 pm. 860 Terry Ave. N, 206.324.1126.
The only museum in the United States dedicated to honoring the legacy and culture of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland - recently reopened in a stunning new facility. Open Tu, W, F, Sa, Su 10 am-5 pm; Th 10 am- 8 pm; M closed. 2655 NW Market St., 206.789.5707.
NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
This cultural museum celebrates and explores what it means to be African American in the Northwest. 2300 S. Massachusetts St., 206.518.6000.
PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER
This Seattle favorite makes science exciting with innovative, hands- on exhibits, a tropical butterfly house, two giant-screened IMAX theaters and a Laser Dome. Open daily 10 am- 6 pm. Seattle Center, 200 Second Ave. N, 206.443.2001.
SEATTLE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
This 22,000-square-foot interactive play area is designed for children 10 and younger to explore with their families. Create art in Imagination Studio, listen to a story at noon daily, drive a bus, and go grocery shopping. The museum includes special spaces for the littlest of visitors. M- F, 10 am-5 pm; Sa and Su, 10 am- 6 pm. Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., 206.441.1768.
Visit the winter home of Chief Seattle, land of the Suquamish people. See, listen and learn about the culture and history of the Suquamish through video, photographs,
objects and oral histories. Open daily 10 am-5 pm except for July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. 6861 N. E. South St., Suquamish, 360.394.8499.
THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Enter a child-size neighborhood complete with a radio station and grocery store, then visit cultural exhibits teaching children about life in other lands. M- F, 10 am-5 pm; Sa-Su, 10 am- 6 pm. General admission $7.50, seniors $6.50, kids 1 and under free. Seattle Center, 206.441.1768.
THE MUSEUM OF FLIGHT
Experience the history of flight from the beginning among more than 85 airplanes, including the rare Blackbird/Drone spy plane and the country’s first presidential jet. Don’t miss the Viking FC#3 Mars Lander, the only Viking Lander Flight Capsule body left in the world. Open daily 10 am-5 pm, first Th until 9 pm. 9404 E. Marginal Way S, 206.764.5720. CityPASS participant.
WASHINGTON STATE HISTORY MUSEUM
Engaging, interactive exhibits tell Washington state’s history. Open Tu-Su, 10 am-5 pm; third Th until 8 pm. Adults $12, seniors, students and military $8, kids 5 and under free. 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 888.238.4373.
WING LUKE MUSEUM OF THE ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
The Wing offers daily, guided tours of the ChinatownInternational District neighborhood as well as of a historic 1910 hotel. Walking tours include one the “Bruce Lee’s Chinatown,” where fans can get a personal look at the legendary martial arts master’s old stomping ground. Seasonal food tours also available. 719 S. King St., 206.623.5124.