SPE­CIAL IN­TER­EST MU­SE­UMS

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BURKE MU­SEUM

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.

NORDIC MU­SEUM

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.

SUQUAMISH MU­SEUM

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.

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