Families Learn Together at Fascinating Seattle Institutions and Galleries

Seattle is a city where people, by nature, seem to be thinkers. Some of the city's residents boast high-profile names (for example, folks like Bill and Melinda Gates), thanks to their innovations, ideas and initiatives that have revolutionized segments of our modern world (in realms ranging from technology and medicine to global health). Thankfully, visitors to this town benefit from this curios nature, too, since the city is home to an array of museums and galleries that educate and entertain. 

Whether young visitors are most interested in art, planes, cars, Native American history or perhaps marine life (we're looking at you, Seattle Aquarium), there are institutions that open their doors to guests of all ages. Many museums have designed special kid zones within their spaces, and other sites offer child-friendly programming that ranges from group story readings and youngster-focused guided tours to hands-on activities that allow everyone to get in on the action. (Looking at art can be fun, sure, but it isn't it more memorable to make art oneself?) 

Families and school groups should keep their eye out for package deals or special rates, since some museums offer discounted prices for museum goers who travel in packs. Enjoy the journey!



Hands-on informational and historical exhibits distinguish this museum, which appeals to aspiring pilots and to those whose feet have never left the ground. Displays in the Red Barn, where Boeing's first planes where constructed, chronicle the...  Read More



Calling all car fanatics! One of the world's largest auto museums is right in downtown Tacoma, less than hour drive from Seattle, displaying vintage, classic,and modern cars on a nine-acre campus. The four-story museum building is the...  Read More

Olympic Sculpture Park


Olympic Sculpture Park: Stroll through the grounds and admire the fascinating large-scale works on display at this nine-acre green space. Extensive landscaping enhances the park's beauty, and a walkway, extending from the beach to Belltown,...  Read More

Museum of History and Industry
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The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is the largest private heritage organization in Washington State, devoted to teaching and preserving the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the country. Its new venue recently opened...  Read More



The Nordic Heritage Museum is an internationally-recognized museum dedicated to the heritage of Seattle's Nordic immigrants, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish Americans. It was founded in 1980 and is in the Ballard neighborhood...  Read More



A 48-foot Hammering Man sculpture marks the outside of this vast museum, and adjustable steel panels flank the glass walls and allow light to enter the innovative front space known as the Brotman Forum. Upon entering, visitors encounter an...  Read More



On display in this museum you'll find informative hands-on and voice-activated exhibits concerning the history and culture of the region. One of the permanent displays, "The Life and Times of Washington State," includes unique dinosaur exhibits,...  Read More

Seattle Aquarium


Otters are the highlight on any visit to Seattle Aquarium. The friendly looking, furry critters are just so cute – no matter what they're doing – that it's hard to tear yourself away from their spacious habitat. This is especially true at...  Read More



If you're ever going to visit a venue dedicated to the magic of music, Seattle is THE place to do so. This intriguing museum celebrates the history of rock and roll. Over 80,000 American music mementos are showcased in the ultra-modern Frank...  Read More

Pacific Science Center


The Pacific Science Center is a great place for the entire family to learn about the natural world in an entertaining way. Children love games and demonstrations about physical science; exhibits displaying dinosaurs, insects, computers and...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne