Seattle Travel Guide


Henry Art Gallery
The Henry Art Gallery is the art museum of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA. Located on the west edge of campus along 15th Avenue N.E. in the University District, it was founded in 1927 and was the first public art museum in the state of Washington. It was expanded in 1997 to 40,000 square feet (3,700 m²), at which time the 154 seat auditorium was added. The Henry's collection includes over 18,000 objects. It was named for Horace C. Henry, the local businessman who donated money for its founding, as well as a collection of paintings.

Seattle Art Museum
The Seattle Art Museum (commonly known as "SAM") is an art museum located in downtown Seattle, Washington USA. Admission is free on the first Thursday of each month. The Seattle Art Museum opened on June 23, 1933 in an Art Deco building in Volunteer Park, given to the city by Richard E. Fuller, president of the Art Institute of Seattle, and his mother, Margaret MacTavish Fuller. The museum's main collection moved to its present location in December 1991, at which time the old building was renamed the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Directly in front of the museum is Hammering Man, a 1994 sculpture that also appears in other cities around the globe.

Frye Art Museum
The Frye Art Museum is an art museum located on Seattle, Washington, USA's First Hill. The museum emphasizes painting and sculpture from the nineteenth century to the present. Its holdings originate in the private collection of Charles (1858-1940) and Emma (d. 1934) Frye. Charles, a local businessman, set aside money in his will for the creation of a free art museum to house the Fryes' collection of over 230 paintings. The museum opened to the public in 1952.

Seattle Asian Art Museum
The Seattle Asian Art Museum is a museum of Asian art located inside Volunteer Park on Seattle, Washington USA's Capitol Hill. Part of the Seattle Art Museum, SAAM occupies the 1933 Art Deco building which was originally home to the Seattle Art Museum's main collection. In 1991 the main collection moved to a newly-constucted Seattle Art Museum building in downtown Seattle, at which time the Seattle Asian Art Museum was created. Admission is free on the first Thursday and the first Saturday of every month.

Museum of History and Industry
The Museum of History and Industry is a museum in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, USA, dedicated to the history of Seattle and the Puget Sound region. It opened February 15, 1952. MOHAI, as it is known, is part of the Seattle-King County Historical Society, which was formed in 1911 on the 60th anniversary of the landing of the Denny Party at Alki. The museum is visited by over 60,000 people annually. Among its collection are 1,500,000 historic photographs.

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is a museum in the northwest corner of the campus of the University of Washington, at the intersection of N.E. 45th Street and 15th Avenue N.E. in Seattle, Washington, USA's University District. It is the only major natural history museum in the Pacific Northwest. Its collection numbers over 5 million specimens, including totem poles, redcedar canoes, a dinosaur skeleton, fossils, and more. The museum was founded by the Young Naturalists Society in 1885. In 1899 the legislature named it the Washington State Museum. Its present building was built in 1962 via a bequest from the estate of Caroline McGilvra Burke, at which point the museum was renamed in honor of her late husband Judge Thomas Burke.

Center for Wooden Boats
The Center for Wooden Boats is a maritime heritage museum located on the south shore of Lake Union in Seattle, Washington, USA. It was founded in 1977 by Dick Wagner. A second campus is planned for Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, to open in 2005. Next door to the CWB is the Northwest Seaport, which endeavors to restore several bigger historic ships, including the Schooner Wawona.

Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum
The Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum is a museum in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1997, it is dedicated to the history of the Seattle Police Department and of law enforcement in the Seattle metropolitan area. It claims to be the largest police museum in the western United States.

Museum of Flight
For the Museum of Flight in East Lothian, Scotland, see Museum of Flight (Scotland). The Museum of Flight is an air and space museum at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. It has a wide collection of planes, including:
The "City of Everett", the Boeing 747 prototype
The first presidential jet
A British Airways Concorde (Number: 214. Registration: G-BOAG)
The world's first fighter plane (a Caproni Ca 20)
T he only surviving Lockheed M-21 Blackbird.
On its grounds is the Red Barn, Boeing's original manufacturing plant.

Nordic Heritage Museum
The Nordic Heritage Museum is a museum in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1980, it is dedicated to Seattle's immigrants from Scandinavia--specifically Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland--and is reputedly the only one of its kind in the United States.

Wing Luke Asian Museum
The Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle engages the Asian Pacific American communities and the public in exploring issues related to the culture, art and history of Asian Pacific Americans.

Woodland Park Zoo
The Woodland Park Zoo, which occupies the western half of Seattle, USA's Woodland Park on Phinney Ridge, began as a small menagerie on the Woodland Park estate of Guy C. Phinney, Canadian-born lumber mill owner and real estate developer. Opened in 1889, the 188-acre Woodland Park was sold to the city for $5,000 in cash and the assumption of a $95,000 mortgage on December 28, 1899, by Phinney's wife (Phinney had died six years earlier, in 1893). The sum was so large that the Seattle mayor vetoed the acquisition, only to be over-ruled by the city council. In 1902, the Olmsted Brothers firm of Boston was hired to design the city's parks, including Woodland Park, and the next year the collection of the private Leschi Park menagerie was moved to Phinney Ridge.

Seattle Aquarium
The Seattle Aquarium is a public aquarium located on Pier 59 on Seattle, USA's Elliot Bay waterfront. Run by the city, it opened on May 20, 1977. After the closure of Ivar's Aquarium in 1956, the city was at a loss for its major attraction. In 1977, the city opened up its first aquarium, The "'Seattle Aquarium'" now located in downtown Seattle, on the waterfront.

Seattle Underground Tour
The Seattle Underground Tour is a popular tourist attraction in Seattle, Washington's Pioneer Square neighborhood.
On June 6, 1889, most of Seattle's central business district burned to the ground in the Great Seattle Fire. It was decided to rebuild the city one to two stories higher than the original street grade, as Pioneer Square had been built mostly on filled-in tidelands and often flooded; in fact, a nine-year-old boy once drowned in a pothole in Commercial Street, now First Avenue South. The new street level also assisted in ensuring that gravity-assisted flush toilets didn't back up during high tide in Elliott Bay. For a while, merchants carried on business in the lowest floors of buildings that survived the fire, and pedestrians continued to use the underground sidewalks, but in 1907 the city condemned the Underground for fear of bubonic plague. The basements were simply left to deteriorate, or served as storage. In some cases they illegally became flophouses for the homeless, gambling halls, speakeasies, and opium dens.

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
The Lake Washington Ship Canal connects Lake Washington to the Puget Sound. The passage is made possible via the locks, built in 1911 and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (PDA). 85 Pike Street, Room 500, Seattle, WA 98101. Phone: 206-682-7453; Fax: 206-625-0646. Situated just above the waterfront, the market is popular with natives tourists alike. It is a vital part of Seattle's economy, receiving more than nine million visits each year. It features about 600 businesses including farmers and merchants that offer fresh vegetables, seafood, food bars, cafes, restaurants, crafts, art work, and gifts from booths, stalls and shops, and the original Starbucks. The market was born in 1907, from citizen outrage at the high cost of produce, beginning with a handful of farmers with their wagons on Pike Place. It is the oldest continually operating farmers’ market in the USA.

Pioneer Square
Saved from the wrecking ball by popular outcry, Seattle’s oldest neighborhood is a 17-square-block National Historic District. Its charming, red-brick buildings have been revived and now hold a great arts, café, shopping and nightlife scene. Historical highlights are the Klondike Gold Rush Historical Park and the unique Underground Tour.

The Seattle Aquarium
Exhibits, news and events, information, adventures and programs, services, hours and fees.

Seattle Center
The Seattle Center was built as the United States Science Pavilion during the Seattle World's Fair of 1962. This 74-acre complex is now home to the Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pacific Science Center and the Key Arena, and it also offers exhibits, IMAX movies, laser shows, community events, classes and camps. The center also is home to the 60-foot-tall (185m) Space Needle, which officially opened on April 21, 1962 - the first day of the Fair. The Space Needle features an observation deck, restaurant and cocktail bar within its "Jetsons style" top and it still is prominent on the city's skyline as Seattle's most recognizable landmark. The "Needle" and the Seattle Center can be reached by a 90-second monorail ride from downtown's Westlake shopping center.

Tillicum Indian Village
2992 SW Avalon Way, Seattle, WA 98126. Phone: 206-933-8600; Toll-free: 1-800-426-1205.
Tillicum Village is located on Blake Island Marine State Park, eight miles off the coast of downtown Seattle’s central waterfront in Washington State. Blake Island is believed to be the birthplace of Chief Seattle and became a state park in 1959.

The Waterfront
A row of piers jutting out into Elliot Bay are the backbone for a mix of maritime industries, shops and restaurants. Ferries, freighters, tugs and even naval vessels go about their business, while the occasional seaplane or para-sailor flies above. Take in all this activity along the promenade linking the piers, or take a harbor tour, island cruise or fishing excursion. On land, are close by. The Waterfront Streetcar (using restored trams imported from Australia) trundles along the waterfront from Pier 70 past the well known Bell St. Pier, the Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Omnidome Theatre, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, and on to the Chinatown District.

Boeing Plant
Seattle's Boeing Plant is located in the world's largest building (98.3 acres under one roof). Learn the Boeing story from a knowlegeable guide and a state-of-the-art video presentation before entering the vast factory. There you will see the assembly line and top-of-the-line Boeing airplanes, including the 777, 767, and the largest airplane in commercial service, the 747.

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