Best Museums to see on Free First Thursdays

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Seattle is steeped in culture, and one of its biggest claims is its diverse museums. One of the best ways to visit them, and save a little money, is to check out Seattle’s Free Museum Day, which occurs on the first Thursday of each month. Here are some of our favorite museums to visit:
 

Seattle Asian Art Museum

Museum-goers taking in a recent exhibit at Seattle Asian Art Museum. Photo by Dominic Arenas Photography.

Museum-goers taking in a recent exhibit at Seattle Asian Art Museum. Photo by Dominic Arenas Photography.

Located in the heart of beautiful Volunteer Park in Capitol Hill, Seattle Asian Art Museum is a wonderful place to experience ancient and contemporary art from artists all over Asia. We are very excited for their latest exhibit: Paradox of Place: Contemporary Korean Art, recently opened October 31st; which is being heralded as America’s first major exhibit featuring Contemporary Korean Art. Of course, the museum is not just contemporary Asian Art, there’s also a diverse collection of fine china, sculpture, and calligraphy.

Museum of History and Industry

Learning about outdoor activities at Museum of History and Industry. Photo by Dominic Arenas Photography. 

Learning about outdoor activities at Museum of History and Industry. Photo by Dominic Arenas Photography

Commonly known by its acronym, “MOHAI” is a one stop shop to dive deep into Seattle’s history, specifically our growth from humble logging town, to the world class city of today. Some of our favorite exhibits include the surreal sing-a-long account of the Great Seattle Fire, and the Jeff Bezos Center for Innovation, inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of Seattle. The recently opened “Legacy of Seattle Hip Hop” is sure to inspire future generations by portraying the rich history of Hip Hop in Seattle.

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Captivated by natural history. Photo by Dominic Arenas Photography.

Captivated by natural history. Photo by Dominic Arenas Photography.

Of course, no city is complete without a museum of Natural History, and The Burke completely fulfills this need! Operated by the University of Washington, The Burke Museum is not your typical “Fossils and rocks” Museum. Of course, it does have fossils and rocks, you can also find many interesting Anthropological exhibits, including Coast Salish Art, a collection of art created by the First Peoples of Washington and British Columbia. And if you’re a dinosaur fan, be sure to check out the Titanoboa: Monster Snake exhibit, featuring the world’s largest snake, a 48 foot beast that dined on prehistoric crocodiles.

Museum of Flight

In mission control, breathlessly awaiting a successful landing. Photo by Dominic Arenas Photography.

In mission control, breathlessly awaiting a successful landing. Photo by Dominic Arenas Photography.

One of Seattle’s biggest industries is aviation, and the Museum of Flight is hands down the best place to learn all about it. From the first pioneering mail carriers, to Boeing’s rich history, you’ll find not only interesting information about planes, but the planes themselves! You can walk through two huge rooms of planes, then head outside and you’ll find Air Force One, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and you can even take a tour of the Concorde. And one of our favorite experiences is the Mission to Mars simulator, a fully interactive space shuttle mission, with the shuttle and mission control having to work together to safely complete the mission.

Those are all of our favorite Free First Thursday museums, stay tuned to the blog for the next Tour Guide post!