The Preserved Seattle : 7 Best Museums In The City

A dive into the culture of Seattle via its museums. Read on to find all the details about them.

The best way to witness a place’s mindset and history is to visit the museums. Given this, the museums in Seattle hold a wide variety of areas for the people to choose from including museums dedicated to Art, Music, Aviation techniques and an availability of a children’s museum.

Though it is an often occurrence that while planning a trip to a city we have never been, museums are not on the priority list. But this is exactly where we go wrong. Sure the museums can’t offer us as much beauty as nature, but a deeper insight in the human civilization and technological advancement cannot be offered at any other place.

Just read along to find about some of the most famous museums in Seattle, and maybe you will find that it is not as boring as you had thought.

  1. 1 Seattle Art Museum

    Seattle Art museum often referred to as SAM is the main museum in the downtown Seattle.

    As the name suggests this museum is famous for its collection in the field of paintings and other artifacts of the sort.

    As per the report of June 2008, the SAM collection now includes nearly 25,000 pieces including, Alexander Calder's Eagle (1971) and Richard Serra's Wake (2004), both present at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Some of the other artifact in the collection include  Hammering Man; Cai Guo-Qiang's Inopportune: Stage One (2004), a sculpture constructed from cars and sequenced multichannel light tubes on display in the lobby of the SAM Downtown; The Judgment of Paris (c. 1516-18) by Lucas Cranach the Elder; Mark Tobey's Electric Night (1944) and the Yéil X'eenh (Raven Screen) (c. 1810), attributed to the Tlingit artist Kadyisdu.axch'.

    The details about the place are mentioned below are given below:

    Address: 1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

    Opening hours: 10am- 5pm

    Phone number: +1 206-654-3100

    Director:  Kimerly Rorschach

    CEO:  Kimerly Rorschach

    Architects : Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Brad Cloepfil, Carl Frelinghuysen Gould


  2. 2 Museum of Flight

    The air and space museum, The Museum of Flight is located at the southern end of King County International Airport (Boeing Field), in the city of Tukwila, just south of Seattle. Established in the year 1965, it is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

    The museum alone serves approximately 140,000 students yearly combining its onsite programs: a Challenger Learning Center, an Aviation Learning Center, and a summer camp (ACE), as well as outreach programs that travel played out throughout Washington and Oregon.

    Now the main question lies in the collection. The museum holds a wide variety of the aircraft in their store including the Lockheed Model 10-E Electra, Boeing 747, Boeing VC-137B SAM 970, Concorde 214, Caproni Ca.20, Lockheed D-21, Lockheed M-21, Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and Boeing 737 and many other prototypes.

    The contact details are given below

    Address: 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108, USA

    Hours: 10am-5pm

    President: Douglas R King 

    Founded: 1965


    Phone number: +1 206-764-5720

  3. 3 Museum of Pop Culture

    A non-profit museum dedicated to contemporary popular culture, Museum of Pop Culture was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000 as the Experience Music Project. The museum is highly famous for its  Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.  Members of the museum's advisory board include Steven Spielberg, Ray Bradbury, James Cameron, and George Lucas.

    Among its collection of artifacts were Captain Kirk's command chair from Star Trek, the B9 robot from Lost in Space, the Death Star model from Star Wars, the T800 Terminator and the dome from the film Silent Running.

    The details are given below

    Address: 325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

    Architectural style: Deconstructivism

    Hours: 10am-7pm

    Phone: +1 206-770-2700

    Contractor: Hoffman Construction Company

    Architects: Frank Gehry, Paul Allen

  4. 4 Frye Art Museum

    An art museum located in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle, The Frye Art Museum emphasizes painting and sculpture from the nineteenth century to the present. The museum opened to the public in 1952 and is given the title of the Seattle's first free art museum. Charles who is the owner of a local meatpacking plant had set aside money in his will for a museum to house the famous Fryes' collection of over 230 paintings.

    The museum's permanent collection consists of Charles Frye's conservative artistic tastes, and the museum is continued to be dedicated exclusively to representational art, both in its acquisitions and its exhibits.

    The details are given below

    Address: 704 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

    Hours: 11am-5pm

    Director: Joseph Rosa


  5. 5 Seattle Children’s Museum

    Located on the lowest floor of the Center House at the Seattle Center, Seattle Children's Museum was founded in 1979 with a single exhibit. As mentioned, starting with a single exhibit, the museum today holds a total of 22,000 feet of play space with 11 exhibits meant especially for the age group of 10 months till 10 years.

    The mission on which the organization functions is to bring to life the joy of discovery for the little children along with their families. This is done through fun, creative, hands-on exploration of the world around them. The organization holds that in this way they strive to ignite a curiosity and encourage them to become active, life-long learners.

    The principle of the place states that as child's first teacher is always the family, the value of informal learning environments, with open-ended exploration becomes manifold.

    The details about the museum are given below

    Address: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

    Working hours: 10am-5pm

    Phone number:  +1 206-441-1768

    Located in: Seattle Center


    So, people, next time don't forget to include museums on your list and do inform us how it went. 

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