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Housing some of the world’s biggest shoes, the Giant Shoe Museum, located at the Old Seattle Paperworks shop, is a flamboyant museum which resembles a mini carnival with its circus shoe theme entrance and vibrant colors and banners hanging across the store. The wall on its west end holds some of the largest shoes you would ever see, including the wingtip shoes belonging to Robert Wadlow, who was known as the world's tallest man. A stop here is sure to liven up your day.
Featuring pinball machines dating back 70 years to modern incarnations, Seattle Pinball Museum is all about this fun game! With the price of admission you can view all of the interesting pinball machines, and better yet, you can play pinball! Seattle Pinball Museum is an interesting hybrid of an arcade and museum, where you can learn about the machines by reading the plaques beside the games as well as play all of the machines. Try beating the high score of the vintage 1966 Loop the Loop machine or try mastering the 2011 Rolling Stones machine. If you pay a little more then the admission price you can get an all day pass.
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.
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 Dale 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.