SPECIAL INTEREST MUSEUMS
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.