SPE­CIAL IN­TER­EST MU­SE­UMS

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BURKE MU­SEUM Ex­plore the cul­tures, wildlife and ge­og­ra­phy of Wash­ing­ton State and the Pa­cific North­west at the Burke Mu­seum. See the art of na­tive peo­ples and the only real di­nosaur fos­sils on dis­play in Wash­ing­ton. Open daily 10 am-5 pm. First Thurs­day of the month free and open un­til 8 pm. Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton, N. E. 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE, 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. Gal­leries in­clude both new cre­ations and ex­pan­sions of pop­u­lar works from around the world. 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 from birth through age 8, this mu­seum has ex­hibits and pro­grams that cover sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, art and math. Check the web­site for the days 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 3D model of the neigh­bor­hood in 1897, a miner’s cabin and boat build­ing ex­hibits. Find out how much you “weigh” in gold. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. Free ad­mis­sion. 319 Sec­ond Ave. S, 206.220.4240. LEMAY—AMER­ICA’S CAR MU­SEUM Work­ing to pre­serve the his­tory of the car and its in­flu­ence on Amer­i­can cul­ture, LeMay—Amer­ica’s Car Mu­seum show­cases hun­dreds of clas­sic, con­tem­po­rary and fu­tur­is­tic mo­tor­cy­cles, cars and trucks just 30 min­utes south of Seat­tle in Ta­coma. 2702 E. D St., Ta­coma, 253.779.8490. LIV­ING COM­PUTER MU­SEUM This col­lec­tion of vin­tage com­put­ers as­sem­bled by Mi­crosoft co­founder Paul Allen show­cases the his­tory that made him (and Bill Gates) fa­mous. W-Su, 10 am-5 pm. Ad­mis­sion $12; 5 and un­der free. First Thurs­days: 10 am- 8 pm (free 5 pm- 8 pm). 2245 First Ave. S, 206.342.2020. MOPOP MU­SEUM OF POP CUL­TURE The EMP Mu­seum is now MoPOP Mu­seum of Pop­u­lar Cul­ture! This epic mu­seum fo­cuses on mu­sic, sci­ence fic­tion and all things pop cul­ture. Cur­rent ex­hibits in­clude “Nir­vana: Tak­ing Punk to the Masses,” “Wild Blue An­gel: Hen­drix Abroad, 1966-1970,” “Fan­tasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic,” “In­fi­nite Worlds of Sci­ence Fic­tion,” “Indie Game Rev­o­lu­tion” and “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Hor­ror Film.” Open daily 10 am-5 pm, un­til 7 pm dur­ing sum­mer. Seat­tle Cen­ter, 325 Fifth Ave. N, 206.770.2700. 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 (there are two other lan­der pro­to­types made for test­ing and com­po­nent de­sign). Open daily 10 am-5 pm, first Thurs­day un­til 9 pm. 9404 E. Mar­ginal Way S, 206.764.5720. CityPass par­tic­i­pant. MU­SEUM OF GLASS All glass, all the time. This com­plex houses 13,000 square feet of gallery space, a glass­mak­ing hot shop with demon­stra­tions, and a café. W-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Su noon-5 pm. Third Thur­day un­til 8

pm with free ad­mis­sion 5- 8 pm. 1801 E. Dock St., Ta­coma, 866.468.7386. 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 a re- cre­ated Main Street. 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. 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. NORTH­WEST RAIL­WAY MU­SEUM Learn about trains and their sig­nif­i­cance to the his­tory of the North­west at this mu­seum. Along with a Vic­to­rian de­pot con­structed in 1890, there are steam lo­co­mo­tives, pas­sen­ger and freight cars, spe­cial­ized rail­way equip­ment and more on dis­play. The mu­seum also has pop­u­lar “Day Out With Thomas” train events through­out the year. Open 10 am-5 pm seven days a week ex­clud­ing Thanks­giv­ing, Christ­mas and New Years. 38625 S. E. King St., 425.888.3030. 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. 305 Har­ri­son St., 206.441.1768. WASH­ING­TON STATE HIS­TORY MU­SEUM Meet leg­endary ex­plorer Wil­liam Clark, ride in a cov­ered wagon, and take a video trip down the Columbia in the Columbia River The­ater. This mu­seum show­cases in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits, high-tech dis­plays, and rare ar­ti­facts so vis­i­tors can learn about the state’s his­tory and no­table char­ac­ters. 1911 Pa­cific Ave., Ta­coma, 253.272.3500. WING LUKE MU­SEUM OF THE ASIAN PA­CIFIC AMER­I­CAN EX­PE­RI­ENCE The Wing of­fers daily, guided tours of the Chi­na­townIn­ter­na­tional Dis­trict neigh­bor­hood as well as a his­toric 1910 ho­tel. Walk­ing tours in­clude one based on the best-sell­ing novel “Ho­tel on the Cor­ner of Bit­ter and Sweet” as well as one based on au­thor Jamie Ford’s sec­ond novel, “Songs of Wil­low Frost.” 719 S. King St., 206.623.5124.

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