If you’re planning a visit to Seattle through Global Vacation Network or another travel provider, you’ll probably want to hit the major tourist attractions, such as the Space Needle and Pike’s Place. You’ll most likely want to capture your own photos of these spots to post on your social media pages and email to your friends. When you’ve grown weary of wading through throngs of other tourists, though, you might want to check out at least one or two of the city’s museums. Seattle’s museums offer a respite from the typical tourist experience and give you the opportunity to experience a different side of Seattle’s unique culture.
Pacific Science Center
If you are exploring Seattle with children, or you simply have a deep appreciation for science, be sure to visit the Pacific Science Center during your stay. Situated near the Seattle Space Needle, this museum offers hands-on exhibits to promote education and fun for children and adults alike. Spend some time at the Planetarium, where you and your fellow travelers can enjoy elaborate astronomy exhibits. The Pacific Science Center also features a laser dome, an IMAX theater, and a butterfly habitat where you can see numerous types of butterflies in an expertly designed indoor tropical setting.
Seattle Art Museum
The Seattle Art Museum (locally referred to as “SAM”) was originally founded in 1933. Today, it houses more than 25,000 artworks and also encompasses the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Waterfront Sculpture Park. Its permanent collections focus more heavily on modern art than European classical paintings; however, its temporary exhibitions more than make up for this gap. During your visit, be sure to see the museum’s collection of aboriginal Australian art.
Museum of Glass
If you have any interest in modern art, you might know that Dale Chihuly is a native of Tacoma, just a short drive from Seattle. Chihuly has become famous for his colorful, hand-blown glass sculptures that grace botanical gardens and art museums around the world. He is also the founder of the Pilchuk Glass Blowing School in Seattle and the pioneer of modern blown glass sculpture. The Museum of Glass, located in Tacoma, offers an expansive collection of glass works by Chihuly and other local artists.
Few people would disagree that Seattle played an important role in the development of music throughout the second half of the 20th century. Even today, many musical artists cite Seattle natives as influences. At the EMP Museum, formerly called the Experience Music Project, you can witness the development of music in the Seattle Area. Of course, Nirvana is heavily represented here – EMP Museum houses little-known musical possessions of Kurt Cobain, the grunge band’s founder. If grunge rock doesn’t interest you, you can browse the museum’s collection of Jimi Hendrix’s instruments and handwritten lyrics. Be sure to check the museum’s schedule before you go – you might have the opportunity to participate in a music workshop during your visit.
Of course, Seattle offers much more than museums – people-watching at an independent coffee shop and exploring Puget Sound by ferry are classic Seattle tourist experiences for Global Vacation Network travelers. Visiting one of the city’s museums, though, is a great way to enjoy a well-rounded vacation.