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Arts & Museums
Take the ferry from Seattle on a 50-minute trip to historic Bremerton. Located close to the ferry terminal, this "floating museum" lets you view the configuration of naval destroyers up close. Named for Vice Admiral C. Turner Joy, a leading Korean Armistice Peace negotiator, this ship was involved in the August 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, which helped to escalate the Vietnam War. Take an in-depth tour of this historic ship, which is maintained in its original condition.
The Bainbridge Museum of Art is a contemporary art museum that features an impressive slate of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. The permanent collection consists of a wide array of works from the Puget Sound region. The permanent collection rotates seasonally, so visitors have a chance to see something new every time.
Located one block from Alki Beach, this little museum houses a rotating series of exhibits that focuses on West Seattle, which has been called 'the birthplace of Seattle'. Incorporating fascinating artifacts and charming audio and video presentations, the exhibits strive to combine information on settlers and the native Duwamish and Suquamish tribes. The museum's ongoing oral history project provides a continuing flow of new stories. Events are held monthly for kids and special-interest groups. A small gift shop keeps the same hours as the museum.
Come learn about the indigenous people – the Duwamish Tribe – that occupied Seattle thousands of years ago. Admission is free, so it is a great opportunity to educate yourself about those that came before. A small but beautiful museum, Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center has educational videos and interesting artifacts for visitors to examine. You may leave the experience with a heavy heart, but you will feel thankful for the experience.
Sacred Circle Gallery of American Indian Art is a general meeting venue for Native American conferences and cultural studies activities. It also has a gallery featuring the paintings, prints, textiles and sculpture of contemporary Canadian, U.S. and Indian artists. As you bask in the pastoral comfort of Discovery Park or scrutinize the triangle-wedge view of Puget Sound, you can imagine what this part of the country was like before the first European settlers arrived.
Fright Gallery in Seattle is the place to go if you are an art-lover. The gallery is a venue for a lot of art exhibitions and is booked throughout the year. It offers a high quality of service and is one of the topmost art galleries in this city. Another major attraction of the gallery is its 42 haunted rooms covering more than 15,000 sq. ft. The spine-chilling spooky atmosphere is sure to make you scream your guts out. The gallery hosts Halloween events that is complemented by the theme of the place.
The Crane Gallery, Inc. is a gallery in Seattle, that exhibits various arts and antiques from Asian countries. The pieces of art are from various countries like China, Japan, Korea, India, Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam. Some of the best works here are the Chinese Pottery, Chinese Te Hua, Indian Rajput Paintings, Japanese Lacquer, Japanese Textiles and Korean Ceramics Chinese Porcelain. Art lovers are sure to to be awed by the vast array of colors and talent on display. Chinese bronze and brass articles and Sino/Tibetan idols, Japanese bamboo items, textiles and Korean treasure boxes are a part of the vast and versatile collection. A veritable treasure trove of arts and antiques from all over Asia is what visitors will find here.
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.
This is a place that is very difficult to define and categorize. Artists, who have different areas of specialization, all come together here and share their creativity. Housed in an industrial building dating back to the World War II era, this is a place where visitors can freely interact with the artists, who range from blacksmiths to photographers. This is more of an artistic community than a studio, one which encourages people to come and experience art first-hand. Do make an appointment with either the founder, Samuel Farrazaino, or with the specific artist you wish to meet, before dropping by.
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.
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.
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.