Seattle's Top 10 : Museums

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  1. Seattle Art Museum

    Jonathan Borofsky’s 48-ft (15-m) tall, black metal Hammering Man stands at the entrance of Seattle’s largest art museum . SAM’s permanent collection of approximately 23,000 objects includes European, Asian, African, and Northwest Coast Native American works.

    • 100 University St

    • 206 654 3100

    • Closed for refurbishment until spring 2007

    • Adm (free 1st Thu of month)


    Hammering Man

    Seattle Art Museum
  2. Seattle Asian Art Museum

    The historic 1933 Art-Moderne structure in Volunteer Park houses Seattle Art Museum’s Asian art collection, primarily works from China, Japan, and Korea. Under renovation until 2010.

    • 1400 E Prospect St

    • 206 654 3100

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    Seattle Asian Art Museum
  3. Frye Art Museum

    Wealthy industrialists Emma and Charles Frye’s extensive collection of 19th–20th century representational art is on view at this elegant gallery. Exhibits include works by American masters such as Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and Andrew Wyeth.

    • 704 Terry Ave

    • Open 10am–5pm Tue–Wed & Fri–Sat, 10am–8pm Thu, noon–5pm Sun

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    Frye Art Museum
  4. Museum of History & Industry

    This is a gem for anyone interested in the region’s work and workers over the last 150 years. Key features include 1.5 million online photographs, a rich catalog of oral histories, and educational programs.

    • 2700 24th Ave E

    • 206 324 1126

    • Open 10am–5pm daily, 10am–8pm 1st Thu of month

    • Adm (free 1st Thu of month)

  5. Henry Art Gallery

    This modern art museum  at UW presents work by cutting-edge artists. It also offers imaginative programs and exhibits, and promotes experimental art by encouraging dialogue on contemporary culture, politics, and aesthetics.

    • NE 41st St & 15th Ave NE

    • 206 543 2280

    • Open 11am–5pm Tue–Wed & Fri– Sun, 11am–8pm Thu

    • Adm (free Thu)

  6. Burke Museum

    Founded in 1885, the Burke is a natural history buff’s dream. View dinosaur and dragonfly fossils, hand-carved Native-American cedar canoes, and gems and minerals.

    • NE 45 St & 17th Ave NE

    • 206 543 5590

    • Open 10am–5pm daily

    • Adm (free 1st Thu of month)

  7. Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center

    One of Seattle’s lesser known attractions opened in 1998. The center  offers a perfect rainy day escape for families with children, as hands-on exhibits give kids a real feel of a maritime city. Captain a ferry, container ship, or a tugboat, or learn about the fishing industry.

  8. Museum of Flight

    The museum at Boeing Field provides insightful programs and great aerospace artifacts. Walk through a model of the Space Shuttle, tour the first Air Force One, designed for President Kennedy, climb into the cockpit of a mint-condition SR-71 Blackbird or F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet, or come see the latest addition, a Concorde.

    • 9404 E Marginal Way S

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  9. Center for Wooden Boats

    CWB advocates the history and craftsmanship of boats by presenting maritime heritage activities and classes. During their annual July festival, you can tour relic sloops and tugs. For an in-city adventure, try sailing one of the historic boats.

    • 1010 Valley St

    • 206 382 2628

  10. Wing Luke Asian Museum

    Named for a dynamic civic leader who lobbied for Asian-American rights, this museum fulfills Wing’s dream to showcase the culture and history of Asian immigrants. Artifacts include Chinese lanterns and a 50-ft (15-m) dragon boat.

    • 407 7th Ave S

    • 206 623 5124

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Top 10 Northwest Artists

  1. Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000)

    Lawrence established a national reputation as a painter and activist.

  2. Mark Tobey (1890–1976)

    A 1953 Life magazine featured Tobey as one of the four “Mystic Painters of the Pacific Northwest.” He was a major influence on Jackson Pollock.

  3. George Tsutakawa (1910–1997)

    He gained international fame as a painter, sculptor, and fountain maker.

  4. Morris Graves (1910–2001)

    This Northwest painter continues to inspire Seattle artists.

  5. Paul Horiuchi (1906–1999)

    His heavily textured, abstract Expressionist collage painting utilized Zen philosophy to create mysterious works.

  6. Guy Anderson (1906–1998)

    Part of the 1953 Life feature, Anderson led an eccentric but influential life as a painter.

  7. Kenneth Callahan (1905–1986)

    Another artist in the Life feature, he was once a curator at Seattle Art Museum.

  8. Tony Angell (b. 1940)

    A naturalistic painter, sculptor, and writer.

  9. Dale Chihuly (b. 1941)

    Chihuly’s handblown decorative glass art has pop­ularized the medium.

  10. Clayton James (b. 1918)

    James painted landscapes, made furniture, and sculpted in multiple media.

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