4 Must-Visit Museums in Seattle
Planning a day trip to Seattle is an easy feat for Monroe residents who live less than an hour from the Emerald City, but what kinds of things should you add to your itinerary to make the most of the day? With Seattle’s rich arts and cultural history – along with a nice sampling of free or cheap museums – this one’s a no-brainer. Before getting in your car and heading to Seattle, here are a few destinations to add to the GPS.
1. Frye Art Museum
Open Tuesday through Sunday, the Frye Art Museum houses a variety of paintings spanning the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It also regularly hosts special exhibits by both emerging and world-famous artists. In addition to the small museum’s impressive gallery, visitors can take advantage of many lectures, public events, and programs throughout the year. The best part? Both general admission and parking at the Frye Art Museum are free!
2. Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
The popular Burke Museum is open daily with a $10 admission charge. However, visitors can enjoy free admission on the first Thursday of each month. Having been around since 1885, the Burke Museum is the oldest public museum in Washington. This research- and collections-based facility is home to various cultural and art objects as well as several educational programs. While the exhibits change frequently, some of the long-term installations include the Life and Times of Washington State, ethnobotanical gardens, and an exhibit on 17 different Pacific cultures.
3. Nordic Heritage Museum
Also offering free admission on the first Thursday of each month (general admission is regularly $8), the Nordic Heritage Museum celebrates the city’s Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Swedish immigrants. It is a unique museum experience that comes alive with the legacy of the Nordic Spirit – the only museum in the United States devoted to such preservation. Kids can enjoy Nordic stories while adults can partake in the museum’s craft school series. The museum’s permanent collection consists of personal belongings, fine art, textiles, and photographs that tell the story of immigrant life.
4. Seattle Asian Art Museum
Located inside Volunteer Park, the Seattle Asian Art Museum is a Seattle Art Museum (commonly known as “SAM”) facility. The Asian Art Museum is unique to the circuit’s offerings in that it houses a range of art from traditional to pop art. Famous artists on display here have included Japanese pop artist Chiho Aoshima, whose works you can admire alongside classic Asian calligraphy. Admission is only $9 but, as with most of the city’s museums, visitors can enjoy free admission on the first Thursday of each month.
Seattle is in no short supply of diverse museums, art galleries, and other cultural exhibits. The biggest problem will be trying to squeeze in your favorites during a day trip, but if you’re in a rush and need to see the best Seattle has to offer, you can’t go wrong by adding these beloved destinations to your trip’s itinerary.
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