The Master List of Seattle Free Museum Days

(Last Updated On: July 26, 2017)

We love FREE family fun – and we know you do, too. That’s why we’ve assembled this master list of ALL the free museum days in Washington State!

This post is a long one! We started with all the free museum days in Seattle, because there are so many. Click here for the next page, which includes the rest of the free museum days.

Click here to see the free museum days in other Washington cities!

If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, make sure you check out our other posts about free and discounted admission in Washington! If you have an EBT card, ProviderOne card or library card, you can get special discounts. You may also be able to get free admission to state parks!

Free Admission in SEATTLE

Did you ever look at this list and think, “Hmm… there should be a map?” Well, now there is! Visit our new map system at FreeFamilyFun.US!

ALWAYS FREE

Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley St Seattle WA 98109 Seattle WA 98109
1475 N Northlake Place Seattle WA 98103
Hours vary by season. Click here for details.

The various locations offer free access to looking, touching and learning… but boat rentals have an extra charge. The museum exhibits reveal the history of the region’s watercraft with working exhibits, examples and experience. The Boathouse Gallery shows rotating exhibits. For more information, visit the website.

Coast Guard Museum
1519 Alaskan Way S Seattle WA
FREE: 9am – 3pm, MWF

See thousands of items, including uniforms, ships wheels, lighthouse lenses, a piece of the HMS Bounty, the bell from the steam tug Roosevelt and more. Visitors are encouraged to call (206) 217-6993 before their visit so they can be cleared through the gate.

Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
4705 W Marginal Way SW Seattle WA 98106
FREE: 10am – 5pm, Monday through Saturday

Thousands of years before Seattle was a city, there were indigenous people here called the Duwamish Tribe. Learn about their way of life here, at the Duwamish Longhouse Museum.

Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave Seattle WA 98104
FREE: 11am – 5pm daily, until 7pm Thursdays

The collection includes 232 paintings known as the Frye Founding Collection, as well as other art that has been acquired since its opening in 1952. A schedule of rotating exhibitions and educational programming can be found here.

Hiram M Chittenden Locks
3015 NW 54th St Seattle WA 98107
FREE: 10am – 6pm Thursday – Monday
The visitors center closes at 4pm in winter (October-April)

The Locks, built by the US Army Corp of Engineers in 1917, connect Lake Washington, Lake Union and Salmon Bay to the Puget Sound. They maintain the water level of the lakes at 20-22 feet above sea level and prevent the mixing of saltwater with freshwater. The visitors center provides fascinating information about this project.

The locks are in use 24/7. The grounds are open from 7am to 9pm daily. The fish ladder viewing room is open from 7am to 8:45pm.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
319 2nd Ave S Seattle WA 98104
FREE: 10am – 5pm daily

Relive the exciting days of the gold rush through exhibits, park movies and more! Movies are free and shown by request. This building, which belongs to the National Parks Service, offers no outdoor components and is entirely indoors.

Loghouse Museum
3003 61st Ave SW Seattle WA 98116
FREE: 12pm – 4pm, Thursday through Sunday

Explore the fascinating history of the log house museum and its surrounding area. Although there is no admission charge, there is a suggested donation of $3 per adult or $1 per child.

Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Ave Seattle WA 98121
FREE: 30 minutes before sunrise – 30 minutes after sunset, daily

Browse 9 acres of outdoor sculptures and scenic views. It’s a one-of-a-kind outdoor museum featuring pieces like the Typewriter Eraser, Scale X that is often seen from the street below.

Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum
317 3rd Ave S Seattle WA 98104
FREE: 11am – 4pm, Tuesday thru Saturday

Learn about the history of policing in Seattle. Exhibits and information date back to the 1880s! An interactive kids zone allows children to try on uniforms, press buttons on consoles and more.

Washington Park Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Drive E Seattle WA 98112
FREE: Always!

Explore 230 acres of rare plants at the Arboretum! For a map, please click here.

 WEEKDAYS

Seattle Children’s Museum
305 Harrison St Seattle WA 98109
FREE: 4pm – 5pm, weekdays

One hour isn’t a lot of time to explore all 22,000 square feet of the Seattle Children’s Museum, but this is a great deal for families who can’t afford regular admission. Want more time? Check out the museum’s low-income access programs.

Waterfall Garden Park
219 2nd Ave S Seattle WA 98104
FREE: 8am – 5:30pm, weekdays

Enjoy the serenity of the Waterfall Garden Park, a hidden oasis in the city.

MONDAYS

Benaroya Hall Tours & Recitals
200 University St Seattle WA 98101
FREE: Select Mondays only (See the Schedule)

Tour the magnificent Benaroya Hall on select dates. Short tours begin at 12pm, full tours begin at 1pm. The remaining 2016 dates are: May 16, June 27 and August 1.

Enjoy the beautiful sound of the Seattle Symphony’s 26-ft tall, 4,490-pipe concert organ during a free 30 minute recital performed by resident organist Joseph Adam. The recitals begin at 12:30pm. The remaining 2016 dates are June 27th and August 1. The recital can be incorporated into the hall tour.

WEDNESDAYS

Last Resort Fire Department Museum
301 2nd Ave S Seattle WA (in Pioneer Square)
FREE: 11am – 3pm, Wednesdays only
Also open Thursdays between June and August!

This museum is located inside Seattle Fire Department Headquarters. It features vintage rigs and equipment, information about the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 and the Frye Packing Plant Fire of 1943. Click here for more information.

FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH

Art Walk in Pioneer Square
Pioneer Square
FREE: 5pm – 10pm, first Thursdays only

In 1981, Pioneer Square debuted the United States’ first ever art walk. It is still going strong today! In addition, parking is free at the Frye Garage, Butler Garage and Pioneer Square Garage for this event. For a list of participating galleries and venues, please click here.

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
4331 Memorial Way NE Seattle WA
FREE: 10am – 8pm, first Thursdays only

Since 1885, the Burke Museum showcases over 16 million objects to many different audiences. Collections include paleontology, geology, botany, genetic resources and more.

Henry Art Gallery
Corner of 15th Ave NE and NE 41st St Seattle WA 98195
FREE: 11am – 9pm, first Thursdays only

The museum, which is located on the University of Washington campus, is always free to students. See what’s on display at Henry Art Gallery by clicking here!

Living Computers: Museum + Labs
2245 1st Ave S Seattle WA 98134
FREE: 5pm – 8pm, first Thursdays only

There’s so much to see and do at the Living Computers: Museum + Labs! All the computers are restored and interactive. Guests can play vintage computer games, use a Teletype and more. Kids can play with Snap Circuits and other computer-related gadgets in the BitZone. This 15,000 square foot museum also offers a great ACCESS Program for visitors with EBT cards.

Museum of Flight
9404 E Marginal Way S. Seattle WA
FREE: 5pm – 9pm, first Thursdays only
(Click here to learn about their FREE memberships for kids age 5-18!)

Learn about aviation and space history at this exciting museum! It’s one of the largest and most thorough of its kind, with millions of rare photographs, tens of thousands of artifacts, a huge library and over 150 aircraft and space vehicles.

Museum of History and Industry
860 Terry Avenue N Seattle WA 98109
FREE: 10am – 8pm, first Thursday only

Discover Seattle’s rich history and explore its potential for the future at MOHAI. Permanent exhibits include Maritime Seattle, the Bezos Center for Innovation and True Northwest. The Kid-Struction Zone is a great place for kids to build and explore! Check out their current, temporary and upcoming exhibits here.

Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 NW 67th St Seattle WA 98117
FREE: 10am – 4pm, first Thursday only

Learn more about Nordic Heritage, including its history, myths, sagas, and the current Nordic World through collections and exhibits. The Dream of America and Promise of the Northwest exhibits explore the story of immigration and the allure of our area. A special gallery is dedicated to each of the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden).

Northwest African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts St Seattle WA 98144
FREE: 11am – 7pm, first Thursday only

This museum shares the story of people of African descent who journeyed to our region, established a vibrant community and more. Arts, music, crafts, literature, history and more are shared here. NAAM presents the story of those brought here by slavery, as well as those who have immigrated from Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia and other countries.

Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center
860 Terry Avenue N Seattle WA 98109
FREE: 12pm – 3pm, first Thursdays only

Tour the Tugboat Arthur Foss and Lightship No. 83 “Swiftsure” heritage vessels, which are floating museums with public programs. Onboard, guests can learn about the workings of a tugboat and her crew.

Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Ave Seattle WA 98101
FREE: 10am – 9pm, first Thursday only

SAM’s collections and installations are free on the first Thursday. Access to special exhibits is half-price.

Asian Art Museum
1400 E Prospect St Seattle WA 98112
FREE: 10am – 9pm, first Thursday only AND 5pm – 9pm, second Thursday only

This world-renowned collection of Asian Art displays visual arts from across many of Asia’s cultures and time-periods. There are also special exhibits for contemporary Asian artists. Click here for more information and a map.

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 S King St Seattle WA 98104
FREE: 10am – 8pm, first Thursday only

The Wing provides guided tours and ongoing exhibitions featuring the real-life stories of the Asian Pacific American community. Nestled in the Chinatown-International District neighborhood, the museum encourages visitors to explore fascinating historical spaces (including a real 1910 imports shop and an authentic Chinese American family association) through 45-minute long guided tours.

SECOND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH

Asian Art Museum
1400 E Prospect St Seattle WA 98112
FREE: 5pm – 9pm, second Thursday only

This world-renowned collection of Asian Art displays visual arts from across many of Asia’s cultures and time-periods. There are also special exhibits for contemporary Asian artists. Click here for more information and a map.

Capital Hill Art Walk
Venues vary – click here
FREE: 5pm -8pm (or later), second Thursday only

Capital Hill Art Walk encourages local businesses and venues to open their doors to the public for art displays on the second Thursday of each month after 5pm. For a list of venues that are participating in the upcoming month, please check out this website.

FIRST FRIDAYS

Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Ave Seattle WA 98101
FREE: 10am – 9pm, first Fridays only, (ONLY FOR SENIORS 62+)

SAM’s collections and installations are free on the first Thursday. Access to special exhibits is half-price.

Asian Art Museum
1400 E Prospect St Seattle WA 98112
FREE: 10am – 9pm, first Fridays only (ONLY FOR SENIORS 62+)

This world-renowned collection of Asian Art displays visual arts from across many of Asia’s cultures and time-periods. There are also special exhibits for contemporary Asian artists. Click here for more information and a map.

SATURDAYS

Asian Art Museum
1400 E Prospect St Seattle WA 98112
FREE: 10am – 9pm, first Saturdays only (ONLY FOR FAMILIES)

On Saturdays between 11am and 2pm, kids can create their own art! Each Free First Saturday has a theme with special workshops, performances and more. It is designed for children ages 3-12 and their parents/guardians. Click here for more information and a map.

Paramount Theater Tours
911 Pine St Seattle WA 98101
FREE: 10am, first Saturdays only

Meet in front of the main entrance of the theater for a 90 minute tour led by a well-versed volunteer. These free tours provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the historic theater.

Moore Theater Tours
1932 2nd Ave Seattle WA 98101
FREE: 10am, second Saturdays only

Meet in front of the main entrance of the theater for a 90 minute behind-the-scenes look at this historic theater.

Neptune Theater Tours
1303 NE 45th St Seattle WA 98105
FREE: 10am, third Saturdays only

Meet in front of the main entrance of the theater for a 90 minute behind-the-scenes look at this theater.

SUNDAYS

Henry Art Gallery
Corner of 15th Ave NE and NE 41st St Seattle WA 98195
FREE: 11am – 4pm, every Sunday

The museum, which is located on the University of Washington campus, is always free to students. See what’s on display at Henry Art Gallery by clicking here!

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    July 7, 2017
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      July 7, 2017

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