Where to get cultural in the Emerald City.
As the cultural hub of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is a center for creatives and a constantly innovative arts scene. Get a glimpse of it all at these Seattle museums and galleries.
Seattle Art Museum
So you missed Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors—what now? Head over to the Seattle Museum of Art in late September, and you’ll still be in time to catch John Grade’s jaw-dropping, large-scale sculpture, Middle Fork, and Sam Gilliam’s vibrant, burst-off-the-canvas collection of paintings. Seattle Art Museum: 1300 1st Ave.; 206-654-3100
Nordic Heritage Museum
Learn all about Nordic immigration to Seattle, Swedish folk tales, and even rosemaling—a traditional form of decorative folk art that originated in the rural valleys of Norway. An inquisitive mind is a must, donning a lusekofte sweater is optional. Nordic Heritage Museum: 3014 NW 67th St.; 206-789-5707
Museum of History and Industry
This Seattle institution showcases the city’s vibrant history as a hub for innovation and creativity. Boeing planes, Amazon Kindles, pioneering tools from the logging and fishing industries, and more are all on view at this museum near Lake Union. Museum of History and Industry: 860 Terry Ave.; 206-324-1126
Henry Art Gallery
Run by the University of Washington, The Henry features predominantly contemporary art, and the history of photography. Exhibits regularly feature large-scale, abstract-figurative paintings, and thought-provoking photos. Henry Art Gallery: 4100 15th Ave NE; 206-543-2280
The Museum of Pop Culture
Exhibits here explore American pop culture, from David Bowie to Jim Henson to Star Trek. Bring the kids, because The Museum of Pop Culture truly has a little bit of something for everyone. The Museum of Pop Culture: 325 5th Ave N; 206-770-2700