The best museums in Seattle in 2022

These are the top 20 best museums in Seattle, United States, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2022. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

For a complete overview of museums in Seattle, their exhibitions and discount cards & passes, see our overview page with all museums in Seattle.

These are the best museums in Seattle:

  1. Woodland Park Zoo1

    Woodland Park Zoo

    Woodland Park Zoo is a wildlife conservation organization and zoological garden located in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle , Washington , United States. It is the recipient of over 65 awards across multiple categories, and had served approximately 1.4 million domestic and international vis
  2. Olympic Sculpture Park2

    Olympic Sculpture Park

    The Olympic Sculpture Park , created and operated by the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), is a public park with modern and contemporary sculpture in downtown Seattle, Washington . The park, which opened January 20, 2007, consists of a 9-acre (36,000 m ) outdoor sculpture museum, and indoor pavilion, and a
  3. MoPOP: Museum of Pop Culture3

    MoPOP: Museum of Pop Culture

    The Museum of Pop Culture or MoPOP is a nonprofit museum in Seattle, Washington , dedicated to contemporary popular culture . It was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000 as the Experience Music Project. Since then MoPOP has organized dozens of exhibits, 17 of which have toured across t
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  5. Chihuly Garden and Glass4

    Chihuly Garden and Glass

    Chihuly Garden and Glass is an exhibit in the Seattle Center directly next to the Space Needle , showcasing the studio glass of Dale Chihuly . It opened in May 2012 at the former site of the defunct Fun Forest amusement park. The project features three primary components: the Garden, the Glasshouse
  6. Seattle Art Museum5

    Seattle Art Museum

    The Seattle Art Museum (commonly known as SAM ) is an art museum located in Seattle , Washington , United States. It operates three major facilities: its main museum in downtown Seattle ; the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill , and Olympic Sculpture Park on the centra
  7. Seattle Aquarium6

    Seattle Aquarium

    The Seattle Aquarium is a public aquarium in Seattle , Washington , United States, located on Pier 59 on the Elliott Bay waterfront. It opened in 1977 and has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
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  9. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center7

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center

    This philanthropy museum offers a variety of intriguing exhibits about the Gates foundation and its accomplishments. The aim of the installations is to encourage people to take actions which can change the world and make it a better place.
  10. Volunteer Park Conservatory8

    Volunteer Park Conservatory

  11. Pacific Science Center9

    Pacific Science Center

    Pacific Science Center is an independent, non-profit science center in Seattle with a mission to ignite curiosity and fuel a passion for discovery , experimentation , and critical thinking . Pacific Science Center serves more than 1 million people each year at its campus adjacent to Seattle Center
  12. Center For Wooden Boats10

    Center For Wooden Boats

    The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is a museum dedicated to preserving and documenting the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest area of the United States. CWB was founded by Dick Wagner in Seattle in the 1970s and has grown to include three sites; the South Lake Union campus in Lake Union Park ,
  13. Living Computers: Museum + Labs11

    Living Computers: Museum + Labs

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    Seattle Pinball Museum

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  16. Frye Art Museum13

    Frye Art Museum

    The Frye Art Museum is an art museum located in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle , Washington , USA. The museum emphasizes painting and sculpture from the nineteenth century to the present. Its holdings originate in the private collection of Charles (1858–1940) and Emma (d. 1934) Frye. Charles
  17. Wing Luke Asian Museum14

    Wing Luke Asian Museum

    The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is a history museum in Seattle, Washington , United States, which focuses on the culture, art and history of Asian Pacific Americans . It is located in the city's Chinatown-International District . Established in 1967, the museum is a Smi
  18. Seattle Children's Museum15

    Seattle Children's Museum

    The Seattle Children's Museum in Seattle is located on the lowest floor of the Armory at the Seattle Center . Founded in 1979 with a single exhibit, the museum currently features 18,000 sq feet of play space with 11 exhibits designed for kids 6 months to 8 years. Visitors to the main floor of the C
  19. National Nordic Museum16

    National Nordic Museum

    The National Nordic Museum (previously Nordic Heritage Museum and then Nordic Museum ) is a museum in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle , Washington, United States, dedicated to the history of the area's Nordic immigrants . It was founded in 1980 as the Nordic Heritage Museum, moved into a perman
  20. Henry Art Gallery17

    Henry Art Gallery

    The Henry Art Gallery (" The Henry ") is the art museum of the University of Washington in Seattle , Washington , USA. Located on the west edge of the university's campus along 15th Avenue N.E. in the University District , it was founded in February, 1927, and was the first public art museum in the
  21. Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center18

    Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center

    Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center is a nonprofit organization in Seattle , Washington dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Puget Sound and Northwest Coast maritime heritage, expressed through educational programs and experiences available to the public aboard its ships. The
  22. Museum of History and Industry19

    Museum of History and Industry

    The Museum of History & Industry ( MOHAI ) is a history museum in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, Washington , United States. It is the largest private heritage organization in Washington state , maintaining a collection of nearly four million artifacts, photographs, and archival mater
  23. Alki Point Light20

    Alki Point Light

    The Alki Point Light is an active aid to navigation located on Puget Sound 's Alki Point, the southern entrance to Seattle 's Elliott Bay , King County, Washington . It is listed as Alki Point Light number 16915 in the USCG light lists.

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