More museums, from masters of the sky to gold diggers
Seattle museums are full of history, from natural history at the Burke, to the Asian-American experience at the Wing to the evolution of aviation at the Museum of Flight.
Seattle Times staff
If you’re looking for more museums, you’re in luck. Seattle has museums that will fit almost anyone’s interest. Among those within easy reach of downtown Seattle:
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
An eclectic and enticing museum, with exhibits on everything from Washington state geology to prehistoric animals to a walk-through volcano to traditions of the Pacific Rim.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, until 8 p.m. first Thursday of the month, 17th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 45th St., University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10, free on first Thursdays (206-543-5590 or burkemuseum.org ).
Museum of Flight
It’s all aviation, all the time, at this museum near Boeing Field. There are aircraft, an air-traffic-control tower, a children’s area and exhibits on the history of aviation, from wartime to Boeing’s historic 100-year-old Red Barn building. The Airpark outdoor display includes an original Air Force One and a supersonic Concorde.
10 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily, until 9 p.m. first Thursday of the month, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $10-$18, free 5-9 p.m. on first Thursdays (206-764-5720 or museumofflight.org).
Nordic Heritage Museum
See how Scandinavian immigrants lived when they first came to the Pacific Northwest (think fishing and logging in the early days) — and how differently they live now. Plus temporary exhibits on contemporary Scandinavian culture, from painters to “Dressing Swedish.”
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle; $4-$6, free on first Thursdays (206-789-5707 or nordicmuseum.org ).
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Explore the history and culture of Seattle’s Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian communities. Daily guided tours include a look at a historical Chinatown hotel and the Yick Fung Company store. A special exhibit, “Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century,” runs through Nov. 17.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, until 8 p.m. first Thursday and third Saturday of every month, 719 S. King St., Seattle; $8.95-$12.95, free first Thursdays and third Saturdays (206-623-5124 or wingluke.org).
Northwest African American Museum
Explore the history, culture, music and art of the region’s African-American community, both historic and contemporary.
11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; $4-$6, free first and second Thursday of every month (206-518-6000 or naamnw.org ).
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
This little, but compelling, museum tells the story of the 1897 stampede to the Yukon gold fields and Seattle’s crucial role. The museum is in Pioneer Square, the 19th-century taking-off point for gold-seekers.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 319 Second Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-220-4240 or nps.gov/klse/index.htm).
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