June 18, 2019 | 75° F

Seattle’s plethora of museums enchant your creative side

Photo by Alexandra DeMatos |

The Emerald City is home to an expansive museum scene, showcasing a little bit of everything, from art to industrial history. While there were too many museums to visit in just a week, we made our way to two of Seattle’s most popular and entertaining museums — Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Museum of Pop Culture.

Chihuly Garden and Glass houses breathtaking pieces of blown-glass by Dale Chihuly, who learned his craft at the University of Washington, just a few Link light rail stops away from the museum. No two pieces of glass look the same, as they all come in a beautiful array of colors and shapes. In the greenhouse section red, yellow and orange glass flowers adorn the ceiling, framing a perfect view of the Space Needle that is only feet away.

The only thing that disappointed us was how quickly we got through the museum, but when you take into consideration how original each piece of work is you can easily get past the quick walk-through.

The Museum of Pop Culture was another completely new experience for us. To put it into perspective: You’re greeted by a stack of more than a hundred guitars automatically strumming themselves as soon as you reach the exhibits.

Other than that, there’s a little bit for everyone — exhibits on Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana and the progression of guitars for the music lovers, a room full of video games that you can play created in the last few decades for gamers, a fantasy and horror movie exhibit for movie lovers and a temporary Star Trek exhibit for Trekkies. Each exhibit offers so much that it traps you in long enough that we almost didn’t make it to every room before closing time.

Both museums offer something completely different, yet an experience like nothing we have had before. If you’re looking for a relaxed vacation, the seaport city of Seattle is the place to be — you may not even want to leave.

Alexandra DeMatos

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