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10 Exhibits You Must See During Seattle’s Museum Month
There it is again, the telltale pitter-patter of Seattle’s winter drizzle on the roof. Normally a small annoyance, but it’s the weekend and those outdoor plans are looking a bit grim. Luckily, February in Seattle is Museum Month, and the perfect time to explore Seattle’s rich cultural landscape.
It’s an affordable way to cozy up indoors and get in your museum time with the kiddos or go out for an artsy date night and check out one of the Seattle Art Museum’s conceptual pieces. Whether you’re interested in industrial heritage or modern art, the city is chock full of great museum options. Take a look at our picks for some of the most fascinating exhibits in the Emerald City.
Photo: Brady Harvey MoPOP Calling all pop culture nerds: in addition to an impressive lineup of pop icon memorabilia like Jimi Hendrix’s journal and the original captain’s bridge aboard Star Trek’s U.S.S. Enterprise, MoPOP’s Indie Game Revolution exhibit provides you with an interactive opportunity to experience the best of video game of today and the future.
Photo: Museum of Flight Museum of Flight Step into a hangar full of preserved flying machines and experience the world of flight like never before at The Museum of Flight, the largest independent air and space museum in the world! Examine and explore over 175 aircraft from every era and exhibits from flight simulators to airport towers.
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Olympic Sculpture Park Seattle’s favorite little slice of Zen, the Olympic Sculpture Park offers visitors a quiet break from the downtown hubbub. Catch views of scenic waterfront set to the click-clacking soundtrack of coastal trains. Check out renowned masterpieces, such as Alex Calder’s The Eagle, by Alex Calder or Jaume Plensa’s Echo. If you’re with a group, consider a free 60-minute public tour, which breaks down the site’s history and selected sculptures.
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Pacific Science Center Where else can you catch a movie at one of the world’s largest theaters, immerse yourself in a jungle full of butterflies and travel back in time to meet dinosaurs? The Pacific Science Center will keep you and the kiddos entertained all day long.
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Seattle Aquarium Familiarize yourself with the fabulous sea life of the Puget Sound at The Seattle Aquarium. Wander through immersive underwater exhibits that put the fish high above you or pet a sticky sea anemone in the touch tank. You can even get up close and personal with eight-legged beasts during Octopus Week!
Photo: Benjamin Benschneider Seattle Art Museum (SAM) Containing the widest array of art on exhibition, the Seattle Art Museum showcases both ancient and modern art from all corners of the world. On display starting February 9th is John Grade’s large-scale sculpture, Middle Fork, a behemoth hanging plaster cast of a living tree constructed entirely of reclaimed old-growth cedar.
Photo: Wing Luke Museum Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience Do you know Bruce? That’s the question posed by The Wing Luke Museum in part three of their Day in the Life of Bruce Lee installment. The only interactive exhibition telling his story outside of Hong Kong, the series focuses on his journey from a young student in Seattle to an inspirational global icon.
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Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) Sink your teeth into Seattle’s rich foodie culture at Edible City, the latest interactive installment at the Museum of History & Industry. Known as a powerhouse for producing famous chefs (think Tom Douglas and Ethan Stowell) and unique cuisines, Seattle is a haven for lovers of lavish plate-born art. Epicureans looking to indulge in the city’s culinary background will appreciate this informative feast for the eyes.
Photo: Brenna Ciummo Chihuly Garden & Glass Find yourself in a jungle of colorful, iridescent shapes blending with tangled, swirling structures as you walk through the centerpiece of Chihuly Garden & Glass, the Glasshouse. At 40-feet-tall, the space feels more like a conservatory than museum floor, surrounding you with glowing oranges and fiery reds.
Photo: Burke Museum Burke Museum Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and stories of Washington’s beautiful North Cascades mountain range in the Burke’s Wild Nearby exhibit. Hold wolverine, deer and coyote skulls, and examine historic artifacts from the Upper Skagit Tribe. The Burke Museum is the state’s oldest museum, and serves as both a research center and an educational resource for the greater Northwest.
With a museum waiting to be explored in every neighborhood, it’s the perfect way to duck the raindrops for an hour or two before heading back out for more adventure. Whether you’re an out-of-towner looking for a quick art fix or a Seattle local hoping for some historical enlightenment and needing a staycation, the city has plenty of opportunities for expanding your cultural horizons.