Seattle's Famous Museums and Galleries Tour, Seattle (Self Guided)

Seattle is an amazing tourist attraction that has something of interest for everyone. Besides its amazing architecture, this city offers a wide variety of spectacular museums and galleries on art, history, science and music. This walking tour will lead you to some of the most famous museums and galleries that Seattle has to offer.
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Seattle's Famous Museums and Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: Seattle's Famous Museums and Galleries Tour
Guide Location: USA » Seattle (See other walking tours in Seattle)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Author: doris
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Patricia Rovzar Gallery

1) Patricia Rovzar Gallery

The Patricia Rovzar Gallery was originally founded in 1992. It is located in the heart of downtown, Seattle. The gallery is famous for displaying figurative works in all mediums. A large number of artists consider it a privilege to be selected to exhibit their work at the Patricia Rovzar Gallery.

Operation Hours: Monday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm;
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Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center

2) Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center (must see)

Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center was opened in 2001. It serves as an important link between people of all ages and the timeless legacy of symphony music. The Soundbridge offers such programs as Instrument Exploration, Songwriting Workshops and Music Storytelling.

Why You Should Visit:
Good way to spend a couple of hours, especially to pay homage to Hendrix & see his original Woodstock guitar.
Nice discovery center on the 3rd floor, well suited if you have kids and with very helpful staff encouraging them to give instruments a try.
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Carolyn Staley Fine Japanese Prints

3) Carolyn Staley Fine Japanese Prints

Carolyn Staley Fine Japanese Prints was opened in 1980, and since then it has been offering fine Japanese paintings, books and prints. The gallery is well-known in Seattle for showcasing rare and unique antique ukiyo-e, which are 17th century paintings.
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Alchemy Collection

4) Alchemy Collection

Alchemy Collection is a very famous two-floor furniture showroom in Seattle. It displays a wonderful collection of furniture. Everybody can find something beautiful and unique for themselves or their friends, from sofas to small decorative elements for the home.

Operation Hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm;
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Seattle Glassblowing Studio and Gallery

5) Seattle Glassblowing Studio and Gallery

Seattle Glassblowing is a working artists' studio with a gallery, opened in 1991 by Cliff Goodman. They produce spectacular and unique works of art, like sinks, vases, lamps, bowls, gifts and stunning art glass for the home. Everybody can look at the live glassblowing at their studio or enjoy the beautiful pieces of art.

What to buy here: Hand Blown Glass- Seattle's status as epicenter of the glass art world started in 1971 when glass blowing extraordinaire, artist Dale Chihuly co-founded the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. Today, Seattle has more glass shops than the illustrious island of Murano, Italy. Glass art inspired by Chihuly, can be found all around Seattle; gifts as affordable as small globes, ornaments and figurines can be purchased from $20 to thousands of dollars in local galleries, shops and through some Pike Place Market artisans like Driven Simple www.drivensimple.com who specialize in stunning custom pendant lighting for approximately $135.00. Short of buying an authentic Chihuly, Made in Washington stores are another reliable source for quality gifts of glass made by local artists. Made In Washington Store at 1530 Post Alley Seattle, WA 98101 Phone 206 467-0788. If you’re a real glass enthusiast visit the Seattle Glassblowing Studio where you can purchase hand blown glass art and can watch live glassblowing. Phone: 206-448-2181 2227 5th Ave Seattle WA 98121. Operation Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 6 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am -6 pm;
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Art Not Terminal Gallery

6) Art Not Terminal Gallery

Art Not Terminal Gallery was opened in 1989. It is Seattle's oldest non-profit gallery. You can admire, here, a wide variety of sculptures, paintings and drawings. The art pieces can often be bought at bargain prices.

Operation Hours: Wednesday - Friday: 11 am - 6 pm; Saturday: 1 pm - 6 pm; Sunday: 1.30 pm - 6 pm;
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Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

7) Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) (must see)

The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) is a history museum located in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. MOHAI opened in 1952 and is the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington maintaining a collection of nearly 4 million artifacts, photographs, and archival materials that primarily focus on Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region. A portion of this collection (roughly 2% at any given time) is on display in the museum's galleries at the historic Naval Reserve Armory in Lake Union Park.

Highlights include Boeing's first commercial plane, the 1919 Boeing B-1; the Petticoat Flag, an 1856 American Flag sewn by women during the Battle of Seattle; and the Rainier Brewing Company's 12-foot tall neon "R" sign. In addition to both permanent and temporary exhibits, MOHAI administers ongoing youth and adult programming, and regularly hosts public events in partnership with other community organizations, particularly within the South Lake Union neighborhood. Its aim is to preserve and explore the Northwest's diverse cultural, social and economic history.

Why You Should Visit:
Great place to spend 2-3 hours learning about Pacific NW history and see some quality Seattle memorabilia.
The setting of the museum is beautiful and it is a pleasure to walk around the area.

Tip:
Free for everyone every first Thursday of the month and free for kids always!
Start on the second floor and go right so you follow the timeline.
Don't miss the lake view from the windows on the 4th floor maritime gallery.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Seattle, Washington

Create Your Own Walk in Seattle

Create Your Own Walk in Seattle

Creating your own self-guided walk in Seattle is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Downtown Nightlife

Downtown Nightlife

Downtown is a very famous historic district in Seattle and offers a wide array of nightlife options where you can visit great nightclubs, trendy lounges and great bars. Take this walking tour for a unique nightlife experience in Seattle Downtown.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Capitol Hill Nightlife 1

Capitol Hill Nightlife 1

Capitol Hill is the well-known gay neighborhoods in Seattle. It offers a large variety of nightlife options. Whether you’re in the mood for trendy dance clubs, chill nightspots, or simply a cocktail night out with your friends Capitol Hill's nightlife is varied enough for anybody to find one that fits. Take this walking tour for a unique nightlife experience in Seattle.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Seattle without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Seattle, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Seattle without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Seattle, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Exploring Seattle

Exploring Seattle

Seattle is a coastal city and a major seaport. Museums, amazing eateries, unique neighborhoods, and open air activities make Seattle a major tourist attraction of the Pacific Northwest. Take this walking tour to explore the amazing mix of urban attractions and outdoor recreation that Seattle has to offer.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Pioneer Square District Walking Tour, Seattle

Pioneer Square District Walking Tour, Seattle

Pioneer Square District was first established in 1852 and was, for a while, Seattle's first downtown. Today this area is full of amazing tourist attractions. Pioneer Square is now considered one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city with amazing art galleries and great architecture. This walking tour will lead you to some of the most spectacular sights in Pioneer Square District.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km

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Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Seattle, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.