Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is about the natural wonders of Washington state, the Pacific Northwest, and the Pacific Rim. Free admission each first Thursday from 10 to 8 p.m. Located in Seattle on the University of Washington campus at the corner of 17th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street in Seattle.
Henry Art Gallery was the first public art museum in the state of Washington. The Henry stimulates research and teaching, provides a creative wellspring for artists, students, and educators, and serves as a catalyst for the creation of new work. Free to the public the first Thursday of each month, 11:00-8:00. Located on the campus of the University of Washington, 15th Ave NE and NE 41st, Seattle 98195.
Museum of Flight holds one of the largest and most comprehensive air and space collections in the United States, containing millions of rare photographs and negatives, a world-class library, tens of thousands of artifacts, and over 150 rare aircraft and space vehicles. Free admission each first Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. located South of downtown Seattle, at the south end of Boeing Field / King County Airport; Exit 158 off Interstate 5, 9404 East Marginal Way S.
Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is dedicated to the preservation and exploration of the past as an essential part of making effective decisions for the future. Since its beginnings in 1911, MOHAI has collected and made public important artifacts, documents, and photographs from the Puget Sound region’s past. As the name implies, MOHAI focuses on business and industry in order to illuminate the changing economic life of the community. MOHAI is located at 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 in South Lake Union Park (Google map). Note: Due to construction on the Mercer Corridor Project, GPS systems do not reflect the exact route through South Lake Union to MOHAI. For up to date information on construction detours visit the Mercer Corridor webpage. On the first Thursday of every month, MOHAI is free and open to the public until 8pm, with hourly Highlights Tours, special programming and various activities related to the museum’s current exhibits.
Nordic Heritage Museum is an internationally recognized museum and cultural center where people of all backgrounds are welcomed to be inspired by the values, traditions, art, and spirit of the Nordic peoples. First Thursday of each month there is free admission all day. Located in the Ballard neighborhood, 3014 NW 67th Street, Seattle, WA 98117. Entrance is on 68th Street between 30th and 32nd Avenues NW. The museum is accessible by Metro bus #17, which stops on 32nd Avenue.
Northwest African American Museum (NAAM), located in Central Seattle on the I-90 lid near Jimi Hendrix park, features the important histories, arts, and cultures of people of African descent for the enrichment of all. NAAM preserves the connections between the Pacific Northwest and people of African descent by investigating and celebrating Black experiences through exhibitions, programs, and events. Located at 2300 S. Massachusetts Street, Seattle, WA 98144, on the corner of 23rd Avenue and S. Massachusetts Street, just south of downtown Seattle. Free parking is available on site.
Seattle Art Museum (SAM) collection includes Asian, African and Native American art, modern art produced by Pacific Northwest artists, and wonderful visiting exhibits. Free admission each first Thursday from 10 to 9 p.m. Located in downtown Seattle near Pike Place Market at 1300 Fi rst Avenue.
Northwest Seaport, a maritime heritage organization, shares the history and stories of National Historic Landmark vessels docked at the Historic Ships Wharf in Lake Union Park, Seattle. Museum ships Arthur Foss and Lightship No. 83, also known as Swiftsure, are open to the public and for education programs, special events, tugboat sleepover programs and vessel stewardship activities. Visit Tugboat ARTHUR FOSS and Lightship SWIFTSURE for free on First Thursdays of each month.
Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) collection is housed in an Art Deco building and emphasises Chinese and Japanese art, but also includes works from Korea, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and the Himalayas. Among the museum’s most notable pieces are Chinese terra-cotta funerary art, Chinese snuff bottles, and Japanese netsukes (belt decorations). Free admission each first Thursday from 10 to 9 p.m. Located in Seattle inside Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, 1400 East Prospect Street.
Volunteer Park Conservatory, a Victorian greenhouse modeled on London’s Crystal Palace, designed by the Olmsted brothers, stands at the north end of Volunteer Park in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Professional horticulturists with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation care for the Conservatory’s collections, including bromeliads, palms, ferns, cacti, and seasonal display plants. As a registered US Fish and Wildlife (USFW) repository for confiscated plants, the Conservatory also acquires, quarantines, and later displays restricted orchids, cycads, and other plants seized by USFW agents. Free admission each first Thursday and first Saturday from 10 to 4 p.m. Located in Seattle inside Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, 1400 East Prospect Street.
Wing Luke Asian Museum is the only pan-Asian Pacific American museum in the country and the first Smithsonian affiliate in the region, with artifacts, photographs, archives, and oral histories revealing the culture of the Asian Pacific American community. Located in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District aka the “ID” (pronounced eye-dee), 719 South King Street.
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