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Sightseeing, museums & tourist attractions

Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture

The U District’s brilliant Burke Museum on the UW campus is devoted to anthropology and natural history. The excellent displays of Native American artefacts include a collection of totem poles.

Corner 16th Avenue NE & NE 45th Street, Seattle
Bus MT 48, MT 70, MT 271
Tel (206) 543 5590

Admission $8 ($5 students), free 1st Thu each month
Open 10am-5pm daily

Experience Music Project

The popular Experience Music Project houses an impressive collection of exhibits relating to the history of rock music including one of Jimi Hendrix’s guitars and a collection of Kurt Cobain’s handwritten notes.

325 5th Avenue N, Seattle
Bus MT 3, MT 4, MT 16, MT 74, MT 82 Monorail North Station
Tel (206) 367 5483
Admission $15 ($12 students)
Open 10am-5pm daily

Frye Art Museum

The hip Frye Art Museum on First Hill has a permanent collection of over 1000 American and European paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries but its best feature is the poetry and music performances and temporary exhibits that are held here.

704 Terry Avenue, Seattle
Bus MT 3, MT 4, MT 60, MT 64, MT 205, MT 303, MT 941, MT 942
Tel (206) 622 9250
Admission free
Open Tue-Wed 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm

Henry Art Gallery

The University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery is noted for its collection of 20th century art.

Corner 15th Avenue NE & NE 41st Street, Seattle
Bus MT 25, MT 43, MT 44, MT 45, MT 46, MT 48, MT 49, MT 67, MT 70, MT 133, MT 167, MT 197, MT 271, MT 272, MT 277
Tel (206) 543 2280

Admission $10
Open Tue-Wed 11am-5pm, Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sun 11am-5pm

Museum of Flight

Aviation enthusiasts will enjoy this museum that features a large collection of historic aircraft.

9494 E Marginal Way S, Boeing Field
Bus MT 154, MT 173, MT 174
Tel (206) 764 5720
Admission $14, free 1st Thu each month
Open 10am-5pm daily

Nordic Heritage Museum

This museum has exhibits about Scandinavian immigrants who settled in the Pacific Northwest.

3014 NW 67th Street, Ballard
Bus 17
Tel (206) 789 5707
Admission $6
Open Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun noon-4pm

Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center

If you love boats this excellent maritime museum is a great spot to spend a few hours. It features four galleries with hands-on exhibits about boats, fishing, marine life and maritime trade.

Pier 66, 2205 Alaskan Way, Seattle
Bus 99
Tel (206) 374 4001
Admission $7
Open Tue-Thu 10am-3pm, Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 11-5pm

Pacific Science Center

Originally the Science Pavilion of the 1962 World’s Fair, the Pacific Science Centre features a butterfly house and interactive exhibits.

200 2nd Avenue NW, Seattle
Bus 8, 19, 24, 33, 74
Tel (206) 443 2001
Admission $11; $15 including IMAX film
Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm

Pike Place Market

The vibrant Pike Place Market is more than a great place to come for good value fresh food. The country’s longest-established market is a great spot for people-watching with buskers providing free entertainment and there are plenty of options for eating and drinking including the world’s first Starbucks café.

Bus 12, 15, 18, 21, 22, 56, 57

Pioneer Square

Seattle grew up around this historic district by the waterfront. The area was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1899 with most of Pioneer Square dating from the 15 years following the fire. Nowadays it’s a popular area to wander through and is home to several good pubs.

Bus 5, 10, 11, 15, 16, 18, 21, 22, 56, 57, 66 Tram 99

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle’s Aquarium showcases marine life of the Pacific Northwest.

Pier 59, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle
Tram 99
Tel (206) 386 4320
Admission $15

Open 9.30am-5pm daily

Seattle Art Museum

This art gallery displays American and European modern art but its main focus is its collection of African, Asian and Native American tribal art.

100 University Street, Seattle
Tel (206) 654 3100
Admission $13 ($7 students), free 1st Thu each month
Open Tue-Wed 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm

Seattle Asian Art Museum

This excellent museum claims to house one of the best collections of Asian art outside Asia.

Volunteer Park, Seattle
Bus 7, 10, 43
Tel (206) 654 3100
Admission $5 ($3 students)
Open Tue-Wed 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm

Space Needle

Seattle’s most famous landmark is the Space Needle (used as one of Dr Evil’s lairs in the last Austin Powers film). The tower’s 158m-high observation deck offers sweeping views of Seattle, Mount Rainier and Puget Sound.

400 Broad Street, Seattle
Tel (206) 905 2100
Admission $16; day & night admission $20
Open Mon-Thu 9am-11pm, Fri-Sat 9am-midnight, Sun 9am-11pm


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