Seattle Museum Month:Fun for the Whole Family

Seattle Museum Month, February 1-28, offers Seattle visitors staying in one of our 50+ partner hotels an unbeatable value: 50% off admission at more than 30 museums, including many of Seattle’s most popular attractions.

You can go to as many museums as you like during your stay, and up to four people staying in the hotel room are eligible to use the discount, so it’s perfect for trips with friends or family. You’ll find the entire list of museums at seattlemuseummonth.com – but how to choose? Let’s dive in and I’ll try to make some suggestions according to your interests.

Today’s topic is: family fun! Here are some of my recommendations if you have kids in the mix.

First up, the Burke Museum. Re-opened in late 2019 in a newly constructed, purpose-built facility, the new Burke is a new kind of museum experience, making the research and scientific discovery accessible to visitors. With amazing fossils, dinosaur bones, minerals, cultural artifacts, and an engaging team of scientists and researchers to welcome you, the Burke is a must-see!

At Seattle Center, the colorful Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) is eye-popping inside and out, and will thrill older kids and their parents too. Music fans can dive deep into exhibits on Hip Hop, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Jimi Hendrix, while fans of Harry Potter or The Wizard of Oz will delight in Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic. Indie Game Revolution offers an immersion into contemporary video game culture. Maybe zombies, vampires and other things that go bump in the night are more your speed? Then Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film is for you! (Note that this one is for the age 13+ crowd, due to high scare factor & graphic content.) If all that isn’t enough, MoPOP is currently presenting a special exhibition with Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume. With more than 70 original pieces, including ball gowns, sorcerers’ capes, military uniforms, tiaras, and of course glass slippers, the exhibition explores the vision, process, and craft used to create the costumes worn by some of the biggest names in entertainment. Note: the Disney costume exhibit is not included with regular museum admission but is available to Seattle Museum Month pass holders for a small upcharge.

Also at Seattle Center, the Pacific Science Center has been a family favorite since 1962.  Right now the majority of the museum is not open for visits, but you can see the World Premiere exhibition HOCKEY: Faster than Ever, on view through February 27. Access is limited so we recommend you try to go at off-peak times, so you can fully enjoy this exciting new interactive exhibition. How fast is your slap shot? What’s the science behind scoring like a pro? And how much do you know about Seattle’s new hockey team, the Kraken, and Seattle’s hockey history?

Speaking of creatures of the deep, Seattle Aquarium delights visitors young and old on the Seattle waterfront. A leader in hands-on marine experiences and conservation education, the Aquarium makes learning about Puget Sound and our world’s one big ocean fun and engaging. Daily diver shows in the Windows On Washington Waters exhibit introduce the fish that you can find in our Washington waters.  Wearing specialized masks, the divers are able to talk back and forth with Aquarium interpreters on the outside of the exhibit, and answer your questions.

From the waterfront, you can walk on a Washington State Ferry for a 30 minute crossing to Bainbridge Island, where a short stroll up from the dock leads you to Kids Discovery Museum, which is geared for little ones from 6 months to 8 years.

A few minutes north of Seattle Center is Woodland Park Zoo, another perennial favorite for all ages. For almost 120 years the Zoo has been an urban oasis and is now a leader in animal conservation efforts. Its 92 acres are divided into bioclimatic zones, featuring natural habitats ranging from humid tropical rain forests and coastal deserts to temperate rain forests like those of the Pacific Northwest, housing a wide range of interesting animals.

Learn more about Seattle Museum Month at seattlemuseummonth.com and watch this space for more suggestions for arts & culture lovers, history & heritage buffs, and those seeking one-of-a-kind experiences. With more than 30 participating museums, we’ve got something for every interest.  See you in February!

Banner image: Pacific Science Center

About the Author

Tracey Wickersham

Tracey Wickersham is the Senior Director of Cultural Tourism at Visit Seattle. A volunteer dj & host of a long running music program on KBCS 91.3 FM, she spent 6 years on the board of 4Culture, supporting arts, heritage, public art and historic preservation in King County. You’ll often find her at the Tractor Tavern enjoying great bands, exploring one of the region’s beautiful parks, or in one of Seattle’s many live theater venues.

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