Just because school is out, doesn’t mean there isn’t knowledge to be gained on your vacation! The Greater Seattle Area is filled with museums, libraries, and interactive educational centers. Here are a few of our favorite places to learn a thing or two.
Top 7 Most Popular Museums and Learning Spots in Seattle
- Highline Heritage Museum
- MaST Center Marine Biology
- The Museum of Flight
- Tukwila Heritage Center
- Pacific Science Center
- Seattle Public Library
- Seattle Art Museum (SAM)
- Wing Luke Museum
The Highline Heritage Museum houses artifacts and exhibits about the Highline (Seattle Southside) region. From prehistoric fossils dating back millions of years, to DB Cooper's infamous hijacking out of Sea-Tac Airport, this museum tells our story from the beginning to the modern era.
The Marine Science & Technology (MaST) Center is the epicenter for marine biology in Seattle Southside. Take a stroll through the 2,500 square-foot facility and learn about the 250+ native Puget Sound marine species that reside within one of fifteen seawater tanks (including two touch tanks!). Plus, entrance to the aquarium is FREE on Discovery Days (Saturday).
Who hasn’t looked up at the sky and thought, “I want to be there,” at least once? The Museum of Flight is built for the aviation/spaceflight buff in all of us. Featuring WWII fighter planes, an original Air Force One, a space shuttle trainer, the SR-71 Blackbird, and dozens of other air/spacecraft, the museum is awe-inspiring for first-time visitors (or for those that have not visited in a while).
Learn about the history of Seattle Southside! The Tukwila Heritage Center is a museum exploring the roots of the earliest European settlers along the Duwamish River. See photos from the pioneering days and learn about the original settlers who built the foundations of the city of Tukwila.
The highly interactive museum at Seattle Center is a favorite for field trips. Families will find plenty to do here, including a VR microtheater, tropical butterfly house, planetarium, and IMAX theater. Don’t miss the widely popular exhibit, “Dinosaurs: A Journey Through Time,” which is a big hit with the younger crowd.
The glass, architectural wonder of downtown Seattle holds over one million books, movies, and CDs, all available to rent. The library is also home to public art, educational centers, and frequently hosts thought-provoking speaking engagements.
An art lover’s paradise, SAM is the premier destination for modern and historic art from the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Take a walk through the porcelain room and see the walls adorned with beautifully decorated porcelain from China and Japan, explore art and life along the Northwest coast, and check out The Western Mystery by famous New York artist, Spencer Finch. The Seattle Art Museum is just a light rail ride away from Seattle Southside!
Ring in the Lunar New Year in the International District at the Wing Luke Museum. The Wing Luke Museum celebrates Asian American history, culture, and art. Experience a day in the life of Bruce Lee, explore the ramifications of Executive Order 9066 and the Japanese internment, and view works of art from Oceania and the Pacific. Wing Luke Museum is just off the International Station of the Link Light Rail.