Whether it’s a stroll around a must-visit museum, a night of revelry at an iconic music venue or catching a bucket list performance at the ballet, Seattle’s arts scene is a force to be reckoned with. A destination renowned for its cultural connections and for producing some of the greatest artists in the world, every traveller should add this vibrant city to their bucket list.
Experience Beauty and Talent at Chihuly Garden and Glass
Located at the Seattle Centre, Chihuly Garden and Glass combines nature with the intricate art of glass blowing. One of the best known artists in the field, Dale Chihuly has presented his comprehensive collection of works through exhibitions, garden installations and intricate galleries. The centrepiece of Chihuly Garden and Glass can be found in the Glasshouse; a striking, 100-foot long sculpture in vivid shades of red, yellow and amber. Families can learn about the art and life of Chilhuly at one of the gallery talks, held daily.
Seattle Art Museum
Just a short walk from Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum invites art connoisseurs to wander through global and Northwest art collections, temporary installations, and exciting exhibitions from around the world. Bridging the lines between different cultures and centuries, it’s the perfect location for educational exploration.
History at MOHAI
Through compelling exhibits, MOHAI is at the heart of Seattle’s culture, offering visitors an insight into the Puget Sound region’s extensive history. From the Ground Up: Black Architects and Designers explores the past, present and future of architectural talent, whilst educating guests about pioneering creations from black architects throughout history, from ancient temples to soaring, modern skyscrapers.
Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of “The Best Clubs in America”, The Crocodile is a music lover’s haven. In the 90s, The Crocodile was the hot spot for every grunge band and their fans up and down the country. Supporting aspiring artists such as Green Day, The Strokes, and Nirvana, these walls have seen some of the most iconic shows in music history. The 1,150 capacity venue is still an unparalleled, independent music sanctuary for artists and fans alike against the backdrop of Seattle’s music legacy. Nestled in Belltown, it’s a must-visit for every music fan.
With two locations, (Pike Place Market and SoDo), The Showbox offers a plethora of music genres. Originally opening in 1939, the venue is beautifully designed in art-deco style and has been delivering everything from Jazz Age acts, to the city’s famous Grunge era bands right through to the current wave of up-and-coming Seattle talents.
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Widely recognised as one of the country’s premiere regional dance companies, this talented bunch are not ones to miss on a visit to town. Founded in 1972, the Pacific Northwest Ballet is now gracing audiences under the artistic leadership of Peter Boal – a well-regarded former dancer who hailed from the New York City Ballet.