Sitting on Capitol Hill with Volunteer Park's large grassy knoll at its entrance and a neighborhood known for its unique culture surrounding it, the Asian Art Museum is not to be missed. Have lunch in the park overlooking downtown Seattle, and then wander into the museum to be immediately engulfed in some of the world's most precious Asian art. Browse through over 23,000 objects that include African, Asian, European, Oceanic, Aboriginal, among other international art. From one of the top five US Japanese & Korean Art collections to ancient Greek and Roman artifacts, visitors are able to absorb prominent multi-cultural art. Call ahead for visiting hours.
Located right on the University of Washington campus, Burke Museum is a natural history museum. Exhibits are separated into three main divisions of anthropology, geology and zoology, and focus on the natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest. View totem poles, fossils, including the Northwest's only dinosaur skeleton, and many wonders of taxidermy. View displays of Native American art, gems and minerals native to the area.
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!
Henry Art Gallery is located on the University of Washington campus.This museum stands as one of the Northwest's leading centers of modern and contemporary art. Its location makes it convenient to a nice mix of cultural and educational facilities in the University District. Along with its collection and exhibits, the museum also hosts frequent lectures, readings and other events.
Located on the waterfront, next to the Omnidome, this aquarium features exotic fishes, sea mammals and other ocean life. See the sea lions, harbor seals, incredibly cute sea otters and even come face to face with a shark. New exhibits are added often along with, special events and outings.
Another feather in the hat for the artsy neighborhood of Pioneer Square, just South of downtown, this gallery explores the culminating local art culture. Showcasing contemporary works in form of paintings, drawings, sculptures, light based works, wax art, chocolate art, interactive media and sound installations, this gallery has already created a name for itself locally and nationally. And the fact that this non-profit organization is owned and operated by a group of local artists (members) shows how progressive the burgeoning art is today.
The fabulous ACT Theatre was founded in 1965 by Gregory A. Falls in Seattle, Washington. It was originally known as A Contemporary Theater and showcased some brilliant performances over time. It is considered a historical venue in the city and attracts patrons of all ages. Till date it maintains its ornate decor and crystal chandeliers with the addition of modern facilities, giving the place an elegant and contemporary look.
Located within the Contemporary Theater(A)–ACT on Union Street is the cabaret venue called the Bullitt Cabaret. Named after Dorothy Stimson Bullitt, the venue has also played host to workshops, plays and other productions. With multiple seating options available, the cabaret is an addition to the other performance venues within the theater. Check their website for a complete list of the events schedule at the Bullitt.
Situated in the Pike Place Market, Atrium Kitchen is a fully equipped commercial kitchen that can be rented by chefs, cooking class instructors, as well as, any individuals or organizations for all kinds of food-centric parties or events. This kitchen is situated next to the multipurpose event venue Atrium Floor, both the venues can be rented together or individually. A wide range of cooking classes is offered here by talented chefs throughout the year for people of all ages.