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The best in urban recreation, arts and culture, sports, dining and shopping is just outside our front doors in downtown Seattle. Outdoor activities abound both in and around the city, including biking, hiking, skiing, boating and whale watching and many more. Seattle is a city with a strong culture of the arts, offering symphony, opera, ballet and professional theatre.

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A thriving music scene exists here, with local and national acts playing in small clubs and major event venues. Seattle also hosts national sports teams, including football, baseball, soccer and women’s basketball.

The city offers an array of annual events that are locally and nationally appealing, drawing huge crowds year after year. The Boat Show, Bite of Seattle, Seafair Festival, Pride Parade, Bumbershoot music festival, Northwest Folklife Festival and numerous film festivals are a tribute to Seattle’s cultural diversity.

Foodies and casual diners alike will delight in Seattle’s culinary offerings. Waterfront dining, informal bistros, historic restaurants, stall vendors at Pike Place Market and the mobile truck trend have all contributed to a city known for excellent cuisine and memorable dining experiences. Award-winning chefs and restaurants abound in each of the city’s distinctive neighborhoods.

We look forward to welcoming you to Seattle! You may find the following resources helpful as you plan your stay.

Guide - Attractions - Museums

Burke Museum of History and Culture

17th Ave NE and 45th St NE, University of Washington Campus, Seattle, WA 98195 206-543-5590

Description: UNIVERSITY DISTRICT. On display in this museum you'll find informative hands-on and voice-activated exhibits concerning the history and culture of the region. One of the permanent displays, "The Life and Times of Washington State," includes unique dinosaur exhibits, including casts of the 40-foot long Elasmosaur and the actual skeleton of a 140 million year old carnivorous Allosaurus. A second exhibit, "Pacific Voices," focuses on the 35 Native American tribes common to the Pacific Northwest, along with other cultures that have influenced the region. Exhibits dealing with archaeology, zoology, herpetology, and geology are also popular. Don't forget to drop by the cafe for some coffee and a snack; the Museum Shop carries a wide assortment of books and gifts to commemorate your visit.
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Experience Music Project

325 5th Ave N, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA 98109 206-770-2700

Description: DOWNTOWN. This intriguing museum celebrates the history of rock and roll. Over 80,000 American music mementos are showcased in the ultra-modern Frank Gehry-designed building, which resembles a smashed guitar. Among the displays are Janis Joplin's floral bell-bottoms and a leather jacket once worn by Elvis Presley. Sky Church, a performance arena erected to host concerts by world-renowned musicians, is also part of the complex. After viewing the exhibits, guests may unwind in the museum's Pop Kitchen and Bar.
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Frye Art Museum

704 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 206-622-9250

Description: DOWNTOWN. If you crave cultural stimulation, this museum is an ideal destination. The renovated structure, built according to the strict instructions of millionaire benefactor Charles Frye, features a collection of representational art. Pieces are lit by sunlight from an overhead dome, according to Frye's mandate that natural light be the only means of illumination. Live musical performances and literary readings are also scheduled regularly. The museum also features a cafe and a store.
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Henry Art Gallery

4100 15th Ave NE, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98105 206-543-2280

Description: UNIVERSITY DISTRICT. This university museum specializes in contemporary art. Permanent and temporary exhibits ensure that there's always something fascinating to peruse, and informational displays and workshops teach children and adults alike about artistic styles and techniques. Guests who want to learn more about the artwork can take a guided tour or drop in on the lectures provided. The 40,000 square foot museum also features a 154-seat auditorium, a multi-media gallery, café, bookstore and sculpture court. Artists whose works are on display include Stuart Davis, James Turrell, and Lionel Feininger.
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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

319 2nd Ave S, Seattle Unit, Seattle, WA 98104 206-220-4240

Description: PIONEER SQUARE. When gold was discovered in the Yukon Territory in 1897, thousands of people flocked to Seattle to outfit their expeditions to the north. The exhibits here detail this phenomenon, as well as the conditions, hardships, and successes in the quest for gold. Uniformed rangers guide visitors through informative displays and recount stories full of both fact and folklore. During the summer months, they offer gold panning demonstrations and historic walking tours of Pioneer Square.
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Museum of Flight

9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108 206-764-5720

Description: SOUTH METRO. Hands-on informational and historical exhibits distinguish this museum, which appeals to aspiring pilots and to those whose feet have never left the ground. Displays in the Red Barn, where Boeing's first planes where constructed, chronicle the history of flight up to the late 1930s. In the six-story Great Gallery, more than 20 planes hang from the ceiling and cause guests to gape in amazement. Additional sights include a mock air traffic control center, an early Air Force One presidential plane, and a Blackbird, the fastest plane ever built. Furthermore, the outdoor airpark lets visitors explore some of the museum's largest planes. Other amenities include complimentary guided tours, a variety of free films, a cafe, and a museum store.
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Museum of Glass

1801 E Dock St, Tacoma, WA 98421 253-284-4750

Description: TACOMA. An awe-inspiring structure near Tacoma's revitalized waterfront showcases cutting-edge, contemporary works of glass and other related media. Drawn in by a soaring 90-foot steel cone that forms the building's core, visitors are treated not only to a lively exhibition schedule but also to the Hot Shop Amphitheater, a working glass studio where the intricate, painstaking process of glassmaking may be observed. A full slate of educational programs introduces the world of glass to people of all ages. Don't miss the Bridge of Glass, the brainchild of renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly that connects the museum to the Washington State History Museum.
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Olympic Sculpture Park

2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 206-332-1377

Description: DOWNTOWN. Stroll through the grounds and admire the fascinating large-scale works on display at this nine-acre green space. Extensive landscaping enhances the park's beauty, and a walkway, extending from the beach to Belltown, provides views of the Puget Sound and of downtown landmarks.
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Pacific Science Center

200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 206-443-2001

Description: DOWNTOWN. The Pacific Science Center is a great place for the entire family to learn about the natural world in an entertaining way. Children love games and demonstrations about physical science ­ exhibits displaying dinosaurs, insects, computers and robots, and the human body will bring science and natural history to life right before your eyes. Animal exhibits, which tend to be everyone's favorite, let visitors watch animals such as the naked mole rat, which is the only known cold-blooded mammal. In the butterfly house, museum-goers are surrounded by thousands of butterflies, who often land on those wearing bright colors and standing very still.
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Seattle Art Museum

1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 206-654-3100

Description: DOWNTOWN. A 48-foot Hammering Man sculpture marks the outside of this vast museum, and adjustable steel panels flank the glass walls and allow light to enter the innovative front space known as the Brotman Forum. Upon entering, visitors encounter an extraordinary display of nine sculpted white cars hanging in the air at different angles. The galleries house displays of Native American, African, and European art. To showcase particular events, each gallery within the spacious building is given an identity corresponding to its specific exhibit. Along with the wealth of art available for perusing, visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy regularly-scheduled lectures, classes, and live performances. Two museum shops are available.
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Seattle Asian Art Museum

1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA 98112 206-654-3100

Description: CAPITOL HILL. This museum houses an extensive collection of pan-Asian art, focusing especially on works from India, Japan, and Korea. Paintings, sculptures, and textiles offer a cultural perspective on diverse traditions, and numerous displays (a meditating Buddha, Hindu deities) illuminate the significance and reach of Asia's many religions. The museum store offers Asian merchandise and books.
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Wing Luke Asian Museum

719 S King St, East Kong Yick Building, Seattle, WA 98104 206-623-5124

Description: INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT. Once housed in a former garage, this museum now boasts its own space, full of colorful displays celebrating the history of Seattle's Asian population. Vibrant costumes, collections of photos, and works of art give visitors a glimpse of the extensive contributions made by the culture to American society. Frequently changing displays also detail the history and influence of Vietnamese, Filipino, and Laotian cultures.
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