Speciality Museums in Seattle

THE 10 BEST Seattle Speciality Museums

Speciality Museums in Seattle

Types of Attractions
Museums
Traveller rating
Neighbourhoods
Good for
24 places sorted by traveller favourites
  • Things to do ranked using Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, and popularity.
We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.

What travellers are saying

  • Lonesome_Sparrow
    Stuttgart, Germany376 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This, for me, is #1 to see in Seattle! So many things to read and learn and 6 hours were not enough, so I'll be going again in the next days to capture what I missed the first time,.
    Written 10 May 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • tfizzle
    Portland, OR1,906 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This would have been better with only music Each exhibit was too surface and topical not much depth. I would have appreciate more depth. the guitar gallery was very good with good example and interaction.
    Also the price is just too expensive a $33. They use precision pricing. so i you want to go book early.
    Written 31 December 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Peggy S
    Grand Junction, CO156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You can easily spend 2-3 hours in this museum. It is one of the most interesting museums I’ve ever visited and provides an interactive and in-depth understanding of how the Seattle of today came to be. As you travel through time there are many things about Seattle which will surprise you! I’ve been to many museums during my travels and this is one of the best.
    Written 4 October 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Alan P
    Le Gosier, Guadeloupe68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Knowing of the foundation's involvement in Polio Plus, I was interested to see what else it's up to. Perhaps I should have guessed. Practical solutions to basic problems is the answer, and very impressive they are too. Clean water, good human waste (poo) disposal, effective vaccination. Fascinating and uplifting.
    Written 21 March 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • meeyu
    Los Angeles48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The museum's 45 minute tour included background on the prodigious Mr. Wing Luk, a visit to the historic Yick Fung general store next door, and its back to the past adjacent hotel. I didn't expect much, but Anny, our museum guide, surely captivated my full attention from the start. She told excellent tales at every stop. Wish I could have tea with her and hear more. Excellent visit.
    Written 22 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Mobile15660248231
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Located on enclosed Union Lake, that is connected by locks to Puget Sound, the Center for Wooden Boats is a magical inter-active enclave of vintage, wood, rowing an sailing craft. The day I was there the water was like glass making a perfect day for capturing reflected images of old time water craft.

    But you can do more than just look or photograph here. You can rent boats or learn to sail.

    The staff here are the friendliest I have encountered anywhere. Staff members took substantial time from their day to show me around and explain different aspects of the operation.

    In addition to boats on display dockside, there are two workshops where boats are restored or repaired. Staff was happy to show me the operations of these facilities.

    Oh, did I mention that admission is free? But please give a donation after your tour to help keep this magnificent operation going. Or give by renting a boat and spending a leisurely hour on the water.

    I took probably 200 photographs of the Center for Wooden Boats. It is just that magnificent.

    Additionally, if I can arrange it as an ex-pat, I hope to volunteer some of my time to this organization on a trip to Seattle next summer. I think I must have been impressed by it.
    Written 18 November 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • uliqa
    New England63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a beautiful building with thoughtful exhibits that give excellent insight into the culture of Seattle and how it was shaped by Nordic immigrants. We also enjoyed the photography installation. Makes a nice day in Ballard with the Locks and lunch at Ray’s! Expect to spend about an hour-90 minutes. My teens weren’t all that excited by it.
    Written 27 December 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • BarryandJackie
    Berkeley, CA1,057 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not on everyone's schedule but there was actually quite a lot to see about natural history and local cultural influences. Well-organized, plenty of free parking, and a cafe available. Not inexpensive to visit, however.
    Written 30 August 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Yuri B
    Kirkland, WA4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We found the museum very unique in that it shows us how far we've come as a civilization, despite the painful and tragic ordeals that we as a species have forced upon each other over the past century. From world wars and genocide to gender and racial injustice, it shows the challenging path that that we have charted for ourselves. Things what we have overcome, what we’re working on today, and what we have yet to face. The exhibits highlight the events, villains, and heroes of the recent past while touching on modern problems and events faced by today's society, such as the rise of populism, war in Ukraine and the Middle East, climate change, religious intolerance, gender rights, and more. It is a grand vision in scope, meant to elicit a feeling not too dissimilar from the "overview" effect that astronauts experience when the look at the Earth from space for the first time, and realize how in reality there are no borders and we are all in this together. As such, what touched me the most is how inclusive and safe the space feels. Regardless of where you come from, what your nationality, religion, gender, or other attributes may be - you will feel welcome here. And that is really the main message, that if we set aside our prejudices and accept others for who they are, learn more about and connect with the people living not just next to us but in other corners of the world, then maybe we can avoid the terrible mistakes of the past and work together to build a better future.
    Written 29 October 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Old Pro
    Seattle, WA2,482 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    When I was a kid growing up in Seattle I used to take the bus downtown just to go to the store. It had the most interesting things I thought as a kid. it's always been touristy but they have a lot of interesting curios that aren't actually for sale. Sylvester The Mummy was always my favorite and is the main draw for this tourist attraction. it's worth a trip down the hill from The Pike Place Market which is a must do if you're in Seattle. Especially on a sunny day. It's a 15 minute walk or a sharp cab ride from The Pike Place Market. You can start your walk along the Waterfront Northbound from here and see all kinds of of cool stuff
    Written 21 January 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Mike O
    Edmonds, WA295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had no idea this was hear and i drive by it 3 or 4 days a week but i am glad i did as they have a great collection of phones and equipment of all kinds.
    i got a one on one tour by someone how knows his stuff and is happy to pass his knowledge on. Many of the phones i have used or owned including a switch board that was a antique when i operated it over 50 years ago .
    Written 3 November 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Iowa Seattle Guy
    Seattle, WA14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible museum with a breathtaking story of activism and perseverance. I love this museum and I can't wait to see it grow. It's worth stopping at Jimi Hendrix Park right outside as well.
    Written 25 June 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Jeff S
    Wasilla, AK9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I stumbled across this gem during a few hours layover in Seattle, and was glad for the time spent here. That day it was staffed by a retired Battalion Chief from Bremerton, who was always available to answer questions. Between the stories documenting the toughest/biggest fires, the equipment used over the years, and finally the wide array of apparatus in the bay, there's plenty here for the fire and/or history buffs.
    Written 19 January 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • TravelinSuz
    Fernley, NV939 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a small museum, but packs a punch to the curious. To be honest I never thought about law enforcement over the decades, just took it for granted. There’s some really nice exhibits and intriguing stories behind some of the artifacts. Depending on your interest it’s a 30 min to 1/2 day long visit.
    Written 18 August 2018
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Steve L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great little museum and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. The director is a former Coast Guard Captain who took at good two hours out of his day to personally show us around the museum. Towards the end of our visit he even took me downstairs to see some items that were not on display. When my wife decided to skip that part, he went out of his way to pull some items that he thought she would enjoy seeing and brought them back upstairs for her to look at!

    I can't begin thank him enough for for his time and courtesy, or recommend the museum more highly.
    Written 28 August 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
All Seattle HotelsSeattle Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Seattle
All things to do in Seattle
Day Trips in Seattle
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire