Whether you’ve neglected to stroll through a museum idly looking at artwork and relics of history, or just trying to find an excuse to leave, we’ve got some great news for you: museums and other Seattle attractions The area is starting to reopen after the region advanced this week into Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan.
And since there are fewer tourists, now is the perfect time to rediscover the cultural destinations of Seattle – with a safe mask, of course.
Here is a roundup of the museums in the Emerald City that are currently open and will reopen in the coming weeks.
Cascadia Art Museum
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Currently open: Cascadia Art Museum
Edmonds Picturesque Art Museum reopened Thursday with a new exhibit from Seattle’s renowned woodworker Charles W. Smith. Many of his wood carvings are based on Native American designs, and one of his most famous sculptures, Park Sculpture, is located outside of Seattle Central College.
Most of the collection belonged to the artist’s family and has never been seen by the public. To welcome guests back, the museum is currently offering a 10% discount on tickets.
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Currently open: Burke Museum
Natural history enthusiasts – or those trying to teach their children a distance learning lesson in natural history – should check out the University of Washington’s reopened Burke Museum for exhibits on fossils, Northwestern Native art, and other biology and archeology exhibits.
Pre-purchased, timed ticket slots are required for entry in order to maintain the capacity limits.
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Opening soon: Museum for Pop Culture (MoPOP)
MoPOP will be open to the public again from February 5th with exhibitions on musical culture in Seattle (Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Jimi Hendrix) as well as special exhibitions such as “Body of Work: Tattoo Culture” and “Minecraft: The Exhibition”.
In celebration of Black History Month, the museum added a number of online events highlighting the black-owned Seattle food operations.
Advance tickets are required for entry in order to guarantee capacity limits.
Seals enjoy their newly upgraded home on Friday, May 31, 2013 at the Seattle Aquarium on the Seattle waterfront. The improved exhibit offers greater water depth, space for up to 100 guests, a clear acrylic container and a closer look at the animals from child size.
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Opening soon: Seattle Aquarium
Get ready for an excursion to the water: the aquarium will welcome visitors again from February 9th to see their aquatic life. Operated at 15% capacity with timed ticket slots, the attraction offers a more intimate experience like no other.
Visitors will find one-way streets that lead them through the exhibits and the airflow for ventilation. Exhibits like the Touch Tanks, interactive exhibits full of creatures that live in the tide pools of Puget Sound such as sea urchins and sea cucumbers, are only open to view.
“The safety of our guests, employees, animals and the community is our top priority,” said President and CEO Bob Davidson. “We have taken all measures to ensure safety during COVID-19 and a great guest experience in the aquarium.”
Gallery of the Frye Art Museum.
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Opening soon: Frye Art Museum
First Hill’s most popular art museum will reopen on February 11th and will continue to host the Unsettling Femininity exhibit and a brand new immersive installation by Seattle-based multigenre writer and performer Anastacia-Reneé.
While admission remains free, guests must reserve time slots online in order to comply with capacity limits.
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Opening soon: Seattle Art Museum
The popular downtown museum will reopen for members on February 27 and for all other guests on March 5 with a new exhibit called The Jacob Lawrence Museum: The American Struggle. Free first Thursdays won’t resume until April 1st.
While SAM will open later in the month, the museum is currently not planning to reopen the Asian Art Museum and the PACCAR Pavilion in the Olympic Sculpture Park. The outdoor sculptures, however, remain open for viewing.