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Arts & Museums
Focusing on contemporary art, this center has everything from more or less traditional theater to performance art to visual art installations. Count on the shows, which change every two months or so, to maintain the reliable curatorial insistence on pushing, rather than playing with, viewers' minds. Expect to be surprised, pleased and intrigued. For a complete list of shows for the year, please check the Web site. A donation is requested for admission.
The EMP Museum is one of the most interesting stops in Seattle. Located at the Seattle Center, this museum takes you through music history by immersing you in nearly 80,000 artefacts including photos, sound archives, costumes and musical instruments from notable artists. Most exhibits are interactive, allowing visitors to literally play with them. Also here is the Science Fiction Museum & Hall, which honors the greatest minds in the genre.
Seattle Children's Museum is a fun museum for kids and, in fact, the whole family. Enter a world of imagination, where interactive displays allow children to learn in a creative and interesting ways. Visit and explore the wonder of a mountain forest, sail the seven seas to exotic lands and test your creativity at an Imagination Studio. Don't forget to check out their daily programs or listen to a story at their noon story time!
Stretched out on the west side of the International Fountain plaza at Seattle Center, North West Craft Center and Gallery has been in continuous operation for nearly 40 years. The space is filled with locally made ceramics, jewelry, glass and other decorative art that will add to any home. A certain Native American theme runs through many of the pieces, but all works, regardless of school or medium, are characterized by comfortable solid craftsmanship.
Chihuly Garden Glass amazes visitors with displays of color and fine artistry. With the iconic Space Needle serving as its backdrop, this unique exhibit – conceived by artist Dave Chihuly – features glass sculptures that have to be seen to be believed. The splendor of lush gardens showcasing Chihuly's signature glass creations is truly a serene experience. Easily accessible via the Seattle Monorail, there is no excuse for not experiencing this incomparable display of nature and glass.
Located at the Seattle Center, this hands-on museum features IMAX movies and laser shows, in addition to ever-changing exhibits that include displays on dinosaurs, whales, robots and much more. Previous exhibits have included a tropical butterfly house and an insect village. This is a fun and educational place to take children but adults will learn a lot and enjoy themselves as well. Check website for ticket prices; package deals are also available. Children under four are not admitted to planetarium shows. There is an on-site cafe as well.
Gordon Woodside opened this gallery called Woodside/Braseth Gallery in 1961. He holds a reserved sort of artistic court, opining willingly, perhaps even willfully, about the art world. John Braseth, hired as a teenager and made a partner at age 19, sells much of the art from his back office before it shows. The two keep Seattle's oldest gallery hopping. They show a wide range of artists and styles, from collages by Paul Hariuchi to landscapes by Paul Havas, but they focus on warm abstractions by Northwest artists. Exhibits change monthly.
Seattle's underground art scene, which went unnoticed until recently, brought pop-surrealism or lowbrow art to the forefront. One of the main galleries in the Northwest that excels in highlighting the rising Lowbrow artist community is Roq La Rue in the vibrant Belltown district. Started in 1998 by Kirsten Anderson, one of the pioneers to take the alternative movement to a mass level, this gallery has now become one of the most reputable and recognized galleries not only in the Northwest, but nationally. Past exhibitions include works of The Clayton Brothers, Don Ed Hardy, Makoto, Anthony Pontius and Fuco Ueda. For more information about current and upcoming exhibitions check out the website.
Since it started in 1989, this entirely volunteer/artist-run, non-profit gallery has offered artists a non-critical atmosphere in which to display works. And it offers the art-viewing public an eclectic, not to say chaotic, variety of paintings, drawings and sculpture to browse and buy, often at bargain prices. Shows change monthly, down with the old on first Thursday, up with the new on first Friday in a cordial free-for-all. Artists pay nominal hanging fees and volunteer their time. The gallery takes a modest 10 percent from sales.
The exhibits at the Center for Wooden Boats are not hidden behind glass. Instead, the wooden boats that make up this museum are out on the water, waiting to be touched and boarded. More than 100 historical boats are docked here and you can climb aboard and learn all about their history from a well-informed staff and dedicated volunteers. Talk to craftspeople currently restoring many classic wooden boats. Ask questions. Who knows, you may want to volunteer yourself. Admission is free, and donations are accepted.
Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is the pride of Seattle. This museum houses approximately 4 million displays narrating the detailed local history of the city. Visitors can engage with exhibits such as Maritime Seattle, telling the story of ships and planes, including the 1919 Boeing B-1, Boeing's oldest planes for commercial use. Numerous seminars, workshops and lectures are conducted for various age groups, thus playing a vital role in educating the general public on world history. With the vast range of interactive artifacts, one can never get bored at this fascinating museum.
For more than 20 years this gallery, a vital part of Seattle's art community, has focused on contemporary art in a variety of mediums including paint, glass art, jewelry, stone and bronze sculpture. The gallery, located on the edge of Pike Place Market, draws from a pool of local, national and international artists for its wide array of bold pieces. You'll find dazzling variety, from twisting bronze and granite sculptures to delicate glass vases to bright watercolors.