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Best Seattle Art and Galleries

Seattle, with its beautiful natural surroundings is many things; a clean environmentally-conscious city, a vibrant urban center and a prime shopping and dining destination. Seattle is also the Northwest's cultural and artistic hub, and with so many high quality museums and art galleries, it's easy to understand why.

Seattle has a colorful and distinct history that truly sets it apart from the rest, and has incredible art that defines it. So if you're traveling to Seattle, be sure to take in some of its many excellent museums and art galleries. Here are the top ten art destinations in Seattle.

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The Seattle Art Museum

The first place you should check out while in the city is the famed Seattle Art Museum, dubbed the SAM by locals. It's Seattle's largest art museum and located in the downtown area in a new modern building that fills the open space with light. Here you'll find some of the amazing native Northwestern art collections, dynamic galleries and colorful exhibits.

The Seattle Asian Art Museum on East Prospect Street

Another great museum to visit that is part of the Seattle Art Museum family is the Seattle Asian Art Museum located on East Prospect Street. It holds a small but high-quality collection of Asian artwork and artifacts primarily from East Asia and the Middle East. The museum's building is beautiful, and it is located amidst a gorgeous garden that you should set aside some time to visit and explore, especially if it's a nice day out.

The Frye Art Museum

If you're looking for some remarkable art, then the Frye Art Museum is the next place you should hit. This first-rate museum holds an exquisite collection of 19th and 20th Century European and American art, and rotating exhibits. There are also free community events going on every Saturday.

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The Henry Art Gallery

If you're in the University of Washington area, then be sure to stop by the Henry Art Gallery which houses an incredible collection of modern art and photography. The gallery's layout allows visitors to feel peaceful and at one with the art pieces. Be sure to check out Henry's James Turrell Skyspace Light Reign, which was added to the building in 2003.

The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American

If you want to fully immerse yourself in some local art, then the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is a great place to spend an afternoon. This museum, located in the International District, is unlike many museums and features largely fleeting artwork that is donated by local artists. The museum's building itself is historical and once served as a boarding house for immigrants who had just arrived to the Seattle area.

The Nordic Heritage Museum

The Nordic Heritage Museum is another great way to explore local history. This museum focuses on Scandinavian heritage and its contribution to the local culture. There are interactive exhibits and local collections dedicated to each Scandinavian country; Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland, and it's a place that kids will thoroughly enjoy. Also be sure to check out their special seasonal events such as Yulefest or Viking Days for an added treat.

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The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Another great museum to discover is the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture located at the University of Washington. It offers spectacular collections of masks, artifacts, tools, skulls and feathers from various Northwest Pacific tribes and rotating photography and other exhibits of different cultures. This is a great museum for kids with a lot of interactive learning tools and a lot of things to touch and look at.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

If you're in the Pioneer District and want to explore a cool museum then head over to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park where you will learn all about Seattle's vibrant history. This museum provides great interactive exhibits of the Klondike Gold Rush and other local historical figures such as John Nordstrom, the founder of shopping empire Nordstrom. This is a fun museum for kids where they can have their 'passports' stamped and is the nation's smallest national park that is located indoors.

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Experience Music Project

Seattle's contribution to music is undeniable, and a great way to discover the history of Pacific Northwest musical artists is to explore the Experience Music Project. This great museum with a colorful architectural design provides incredible exhibits of Seattle musical legends Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and many more, and is a great way to learn about local musical culture.

Olympic Sculpture Park on Western Avenue

If you are tired of the indoors, then be sure to stop by the Olympic Sculpture Park located on Western Avenue. This beautifully-manicured park has huge stunning art sculptures of different styles. It's a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon while admiring some great artwork.