If, after visiting the Pacific Planetarium, people are more knowledgeable about astronomy and science in general, then the management will heave a sigh of relief. To inspire people of the Puget Sound region, regardless of age, to take an interest in science and the world around them, is the ultimate goal. The planetarium, with its 28 seats, is a family-friendly venue where being inquisitive is encouraged. There are different categories of shows held here-public, school programs & even private events. Private shows need to be reserved at least two weeks in advance, and can only be held after 5p. This is a great place to discover a whole new world in the sky.
The African American community has a pronounced presence in the US. Their history and culture is documented and preserved at the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM). Situated in the heart of Seattle, this museum opened its doors to the public in 2008, and has generated wide interest among history & culture researchers and enthusiasts all alike. The museum is sprawled across 17,000 square feet and exhibits the works of eminent African American artists. A five-panel series chronicles the life and times of George Washington Bush, the first African American in the city. Besides its exciting museum pieces, NAAM also houses a beautiful gift shop filled with collectibles. Refresh yourself at the on-site cafe, after taking a round of the museum. NAAM is worth a visit!
Built with a steel cone on the top, the Museum of Glass represents the pinnacle of artistic quality in the theater district. The visiting as well as in-house artists here impress the visitors with their creations and glass-blowing skills. The exhibitions held here are educational as well as fun for the whole family. School trips and guided tours are usually organized here for the same reason. Enter the museum to get completely bowled over by the beauty of glass in its different forms. Visit the hot shop for the molten formation process and end it with the cold shop where the final touches are given.
The W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory is a greenhouse located in the Wright Park Arboretum. It is located in Tacoma, Washington and is managed by Metro Parks Tacoma. The conservatory was built in 1907 C.E in a Victorian-style and was named after donor William W. Seymour. The conservatory has more than 550 species of plants and more than 200 orchids. It was added to the National Registrar of Historic Places on October 8, 1976.
The Tacoma Union Station is a beautiful historic building constructed in 1910. Made in the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, it has fine details and intricate designs. Previously used as a railway station for passenger trains, it now houses a district court and is also available as a rental space. The grand rotunda of the station is available for private events like weddings, conferences and parties. The mesmerizing interiors of the rotunda looks even more gorgeous because of the Dale Chihuly art pieces. The building is open to visitors during weekdays.
For an impressive set of artifacts from all over the world, take the kids to the Karshner Museum in Puyallup. Mainly collected during the 1930s and 40s, this diverse collection of over 10,000 artifacts has everything: a hunk of the Great Wall of China, World War II replicas and even a severed elephant's foot (complete with touching privileges) are on display. No matter your particular interest, there is sure to be something here that fascinates and activates your imagination. Museum hours often change, so it's best to call for an appointment.
Located in the city of Tacoma, Children's Museum of Tacoma offers an exciting adventure for kids of all ages. The museum allows families to explore and play together as they learn about science, the arts and more. Many of the exhibits offer hands-on fun, in which a child becomes a part of an enjoyable and playful learning experience. Exhibits range from traditional viewing exhibits to unique interactive ones.