The best part about Seattle’s rainy weather is an excuse to be inside and explore all of the museums the city has to offer. If you are an art aficionado, Seattle is an incredible place to see all kinds of art. There are a plethora of fascinating art museums with everything from classical to pop culture art. We’ve compiled a list of our all-time favorites, so grab a friend and get ready to experience our culture with conscious creativity!
The Frye Art Museum
The Frye is a must-see spot in Seattle for contemporary art. Passionate about social dialogue, the museum features both local and global artists that explore social issues. From abstract art to poetry to video, you will find yourself immersed in the conversation that art sparks. One of the best parts about The Frye Art Museum is that it is run as a non-profit, so your attendance is absolutely free!
The Museum of Pop Culture
To truly dive into the current culture and times that we live in, head over to The Museum of Pop Culture, also known as MoPOP. With innovative exhibits that truly capture the zeitgeist of the 21st century, you will definitely not be bored. Current exhibits like Body of Work: Tattoo Culture and Minecraft: The Exhibition are examples of the fun and interesting art to witness at The Museum of Pop Culture.
Drink in the art with a cocktail at Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar. Vermillion really makes it a full experience with its nice cozy atmosphere where you can refuel with some food and drink while you take in the art. This fun, hybrid art gallery dedicates half of it’s space to exhibitions by professional artists and the other half to a chic bar with cocktails, wine, beer, and a seasonal menu. Mingle, munch, and be mesmerized at this unique gallery space!
Seattle Selfie Museum
Another out-of-the-box art experience is the Seattle Selfie Museum. With numerous rooms filled with different art, props, and fixtures, the Seattle Selfie Museum is a fun place to check out art and create your own – through photography! Take sweet, silly, and serious selfies in this fun museum and take home some art memories to last a lifetime.
Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum
Check out the breathtaking Chihuly Garden and Glass museum featuring the work of Dale Chihuly, a world-renowned glass artist featured in over 200 museums across the globe. Marvel at the sculptures and structures made entirely out of colored glass in the galleries, glasshouse, and garden. Learn about Chihuly’s story and the process behind the art in the theater, showcasing multiple videos.
Seattle Art Museum & The Seattle Asian Art Museum
The World-Famous Seattle Art Museum is the largest art museum in the whole city. Guaranteed to have art for everyone’s tastes, the SAM includes three locations. There is the main location which is the largest, featuring galleries including all types of art from modern, to European to African to ancient Meditteraean. There is also the Seattle Asian Art Museum, also known as SAAM located in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, with an impressive collection honoring Asain Culture. Finally, they created the Olympic Sculpture Park, for visitors to ponder beautiful sculptures while walking along the beautiful waterfront. The Shafer Baillie Mansion is just a 5 minute walk from the SAAM in Volunteer Park. Visit us on a first Saturday of the month or the first & second Thursday of the month for free entry to SAAM!Come check out all of the art that Seattle has to offer! And you don’t need to end the art at the museums. For luxurious comfort in an artistic setting, make Shafer Baillie Mansion your home base. With original fixtures, hand-carved woodwork, ornate fireplaces, and beautiful private baths, our inn will be the perfect complement to your artistic journey. Book your stay now and enjoy all that Seattle has to offer!