Seattle, Washington is a city that is home to many creative minds and artists, and this is evident in the wide range of art museums that can be found throughout the city. Whether you are a local or a visitor, exploring the art museums in Seattle can be an enriching experience that provides a unique glimpse into the city's creative side. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the top art museums in Seattle and what makes them worth visiting.

Seattle has many great art museums worth visiting. From the Seattle Art Museum, The Burke Museum, and Chihuly Garden and Glass to name a few, it’s easy to get excited learning about new artists. Visiting art museums will develop an appreciation for cultures and a lifelong learning resource.

secret beach in standard infrared on the Oregon Coast

One of the best beaches on the Oregon Coast is Secret Beach located in the Samuel H. Boardman Corridor. The marine layer started rolling in so I put the Hoya R72 infrared filter on my full spectrum converted infrared camera to get this photograph.

Seattle Asian Art Museum

The Seattle Asian Art Museum is a museum located in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to exhibiting and preserving art from Asia and the Pacific Rim. The museum is located in Volunteer Park, a large public park on Seattle's Capitol Hill, and its collections include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Himalayan art. The museum also features contemporary Asian art, as well as rotating exhibitions and educational programs. The museum's building is a historic Art Deco structure that underwent extensive renovations and reopened in 2020. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is a popular cultural destination in Seattle and a valuable resource for scholars and art lovers. Another feature of the Seattle Asian Art Museum is the education center, conservation center, and a library.

The Burke Museum

Starting as a high school naturalist club formed in 1879, The Burke Museum is the oldest in Washington State with over 16 million artifacts. It is affiliated with the University of Washington and its collections focus on the cultural and natural history of the Pacific Northwest. The museum features exhibits on anthropology, biology, geology, and art, with a particular emphasis on the indigenous cultures of the region. The Burke Museum also houses a research collection of over 16 million objects and specimens, including artifacts, fossils, and photographs. It is a popular destination for visitors to Seattle and a valuable resource for researchers and scholars.

Frye Art Museum

The Frye Art Museum is a museum located in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to exhibiting works of art from the 19th century to the present. The museum was founded in 1952 by Charles and Emma Frye, who donated their collection of artworks to the city of Seattle. The museum's collection includes paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by artists from Europe and North America, as well as a collection of works by German artists from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Frye Art Museum also features temporary exhibitions, lectures, and educational programs for adults and children. Admission to the museum is free, and it is a popular destination for art lovers and visitors to Seattle.

redwood trees and rhododendrons from the Redwood national forest.

I was trying to find something new to do with my fine art images when I found the "Oil Paint" filter in photoshop. I was unexpectedly surprised with the look and was able to use images from other galleries and turn them into something different. These rhododendrons in the Redwood National Park were the few I could find this year. Not many bloomed so I was fortunate to find some.

Seattle Art Museum (SAM)

Located in the heart of Seattle, the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is a world-renowned museum that showcases a diverse range of art and culture from around the globe. With its extensive collections and engaging exhibitions, SAM is a must-visit destination for art enthusiasts and culture seekers.

SAM's collection includes over 25,000 works of art from different time periods, genres, and cultures. The museum's permanent collection features American art, African art, Asian art, European art, and contemporary art. Visitors can explore iconic artworks such as Jackson Pollock's "Sea Change" and Mark Rothko's "Orange and Yellow" in the American art galleries or admire ancient artifacts from China, Japan, and Korea in the Asian art galleries.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly is one of the best glass artists in the world. After traveling to Venice to work in the Venini factory, he learned the importance of a team approach to glass blowing. At the Seattle Center next to the Space Needle, the Chihuly Garden and Glass opened on May 21, 2012. Working in glass factories around Europe, the Chihuly Over Venice was created and installed the glass sculptures over the canals in Venice. Regular admission to the museum is $30.00 in the morning and $35.00 in the afternoon. If you’re in Seattle and around the Space Needle, the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum is worth a visit.

Moulton Barn with the Grand Tetons in black and white.

Considered by many to be the most photographed barn in the world, Thomas Alma Moulton began construction on this barn in 1913. The barns are located in the Mormon Row Historic District of the national park. In the early 1900s, several mormon families settled the area. In the early 1950s, Grand Teton National Park offered to buy the property but Alma held out until 1963. Alma Kept 1 acre of land for his family which was sold to the park in 2018.

Henry Art Gallery

The Henry Art Gallery, or simply the Henry, is an art museum located on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 1927 and is the first public art museum in the state of Washington. The Henry's collections focus on contemporary art, photography, and works on paper. The museum features both permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as educational programs and public events. The building itself is an iconic example of modernist architecture and underwent a major renovation and expansion in 1997. The Henry Art Gallery is a popular cultural destination in Seattle and a valuable resource for students, scholars, and art lovers.

Museum of Pop Culture

The Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP, is a one-of-a-kind museum that celebrates popular culture in all its forms. From music to film, video games to comics, this museum has it all. The MoPOP is a must-visit for anyone interested in the intersection of art and popular culture.


The purpose of art museums is to collect and preserve works of art. They provide an insight into past cultures. How much art would be lost without museums? How many artists would never be discovered? Art museums are a great way to increase creativity, expand your horizons, and countless other benefits. These are places you can sit in silence and contemplate the meaning of the art. Everyone views art different and creates their own meaning, their own feelings, etc. Art museums offer a glimpse into the possibilities of humans.

sunrise light on the hoodoos of bryce canyon.

Bryce Canyon National Park Hoodoos standing tall like castles waiting for the king or queen to emerge and talk to the towns folk. Or the aliens to show themselves in this otherworldly landscape that is Bryce Canyon. We were in awe the entire time. Just remember that Bryce is at altitude so take your time to get acclimated.

Milky Way over liberty bell in the north cascades national park

The Milky Way Galaxy shining over Liberty Bell Peak at Washington Pass. Washington Pass goes through the North Cascades National Park and is one of the most beautiful drives in the Pacific Northwest. A small creek in the meadow offers the perfect reflection for Liberty Bell Peak and the Milky Way Galaxy. However, this was one of the most miserable evenings due to the amount of mosquitoes.