What are the best museums in Seattle?

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I live next to the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. It’s an outdoor, fairly large park that’s on the water. It’s free — you can just walk through it. You can grab a coffee and go for a walk, and look at the skyline, look at these gorgeous massive sculptures, and you’re outside. I probably walk through that thing once a week with my dog. I love the sculpture park.

The Wing Luke Museum is the history of the Asian-American culture in Seattle, which is so prominent and such an important part of who we are. It’s next to Maneki restaurant. It’s a cool museum — just the design, the architecture and the beauty of it is great. And it’s educational. I love the Wing Luke.

There’s a brand-new one that just opened called the MOHAI — it’s actually an old museum that closed for a few years and just reopened in a new space right in the middle of Seattle — the Museum of History and Industry. It’s fun. It’s what makes Seattle Seattle. It’s got the original “R” from the Rainier Brewery and old planes. It’s just a fun history of Seattle and how we came to be this city that we are.

The Museum of Flight is incredible. It’s only about 15 or 20 minutes south of Seattle. They have an Air Force One there and an SR-71. It’s like going to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum; it’s almost that big. There are giant airplanes hanging everywhere.

Almost as cool, but very different — it’s not a museum, but very cool — is driving to the Boeing airplane factory, which is about 25 minutes north of here, and watching them assemble airplanes on the floor. You can take tours. It’s the largest building in the world. It’s bigger than Disneyland. This is all true, by the way; I was blown away when they told me these statements. It’s bigger than the Vatican. It’s bigger than the Pentagon. You watch airplanes being made, like a dozen at a time, and you can’t believe the scope of it. This is where airplanes are born. I went like six months ago, and I couldn’t believe I’d never been — I was blown away by it.

Megan Hill

Like you'd expect from a big city with a well-educated population, Seattle has several excellent museums.

The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) recently relocated to the newly-thriving South Lake Union neighborhood. MOHAI is dedicated to documenting Seattle's progress with a combination of artifacts and interactive exhibits educating visitors on key moments in the city's history.

Downtown, the Seattle Art Museum is one of the most recognizable spots in the city, thanks to the enormous kinetic sculpture, the Hammering Man. Inside, exhibits sprawl throughout the large building to cover works from a range of periods and movements.

The Experience Music Project's psychadelic design is meant to resemble a smashed guitar when looking down on it from the Space Needle. The EMP is dedicated in part to Seattle music icons like Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, plus interactive exhibits where visitors can make music videos and jam on instruments in private recording studios.

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