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Seattle’s Must-See Exhibits This 2018 Season

Picture of Samantha Ladwig
Updated: 1 April 2018
Winters in the Emerald City are both dark and gloomy. With few daylight hours and less-than-friendly weather conditions, the city quiets between January and March as residents hole up indoors. Come springtime though, with the help of daylight savings and blooming cherry blossom trees, parks fill, streets bustle and Seattle’s vibrant art scene comes alive. The city boasts a number of museums, both classic and unusual, and with the new season comes new exhibits sure to satisfy any art enthusiast.

The Bruce Lee Exhibit at The Wing Luke Museum

In the International District of Seattle sits The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. In October 2014, Wing Luke began a four-part series highlighting the life and career of actor and martial artist, Bruce Lee. Starting March 10, 2018, the fourth installation titled A Dragon Lives Here will open. Lee was born in San Francisco and passed away in Hong Kong, but it was in Seattle, while working as a waiter and attending college at the University of Washington, where he met his future wife. The intimate A Dragon Lives Here exhibit centers on Lee’s formative years in Seattle and the locations that shaped his career.

The Wing Luke Museum, 719 S King St, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 623 5124

Marvel’s Cinematic Universe at Museum of Pop Culture

Formerly known as the EMP Museum, the Museum of Pop Culture isn’t just a museum showcasing popular entertainment like Star Trek and rock n’ roll legends such as Kurt Cobain. The Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP, aims to look at the impact and influences of pop culture on society. And come April 20, 2018, the museum is set to “celebrate the 10th anniversary of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.” Featuring costume, art, comic, and prop displays, visitors will be able to take a visual tour of Marvel’s 80-year-long history.

Museum of Pop Culture, 325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 770 2700

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EMP Museum, Seattle | © Sergey Galyonkin / Flickr

Tracing French Landscapes at the Frye Art Museum

Nestled in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood sits the Frye Art Museum, a small institution that specializes in 19th-century works of art and is completely free to the public. With over 200 paintings and more than 1,000 books in their library, the Frye Art Museum is an essential contribution to the art scene in Seattle. Starting May 12, 2018, the museum will begin its Towards Impressionism: Landscape Paintings from Corot to Monet exhibition that will feature over 40 works from the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims, as well as paintings from the Frye Art Museum’s own collection. The exhibit spotlights the century-long transformation of landscape painting.

Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 622 9250

Jono Vaughan’s Project 42 at the Seattle Art Museum

Starting April 21, 2018, the Seattle Art Museum will feature artist Jono Vaughan’s ongoing series Project 42. Per the Seattle Art Museum’s description, “The project, begun in 2012, aims to raise awareness of a persistent pattern of extreme violence against trans people by commemorating 42 murdered individuals.” Unlike other exhibitions, Project 42 is an engaging work of art that requires volunteers, who wear the dresses created by Vaughan, each one representing an individual. The downtown museum is free to the public on the first Thursday of every month, with 50% discounts on exhibits.

Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 654 3100

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The Seattle Art Museum | © Al Pavangkanan / Flickr

National Geographic at the Woodland Park Zoo

The Woodland Park Zoo lies in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood, and it will become a temporary home to the National Geographic Photo Ark exhibit starting on April 20, 2018. A total of 56 vivid photographs of different animals will be scattered throughout the zoo, meaning any Woodland Park Zoo visitor can appreciate the exhibit that examines the variety of wildlife in both zoos and sanctuaries all over the world.

Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 548 2500