Seattle is a city driven by creativity, famous for unapologetic expression! Our Local Art Expert, Ryan Molenkamp, a celebrated local artist, wants to give travelers and locals alike a unique perspective on the scene with his Featured Trip. Let Ryan show you around town and take you to all of the best art galleries, museums, and even bars and restaurants with a focus on creative expression.
Pike Place Market is a bustling place full of life and activity. Walking through the market you’ll see fresh seafood, fruit and vegetable stands. You’ll have the chance to stop in to some cool specialty shops ranging from vintage posters, to comics, to import stores to culinary treasure troves. One of the most notable aspects of the market however is the amount of artisans that line the market everyday, slinging original, handmade items and artwork. From goods made of metal, leather, glass and wood to photographs and paintings, to jewelry, any visitor is sure to find some fascinating art to take home from Pike.
The Seattle Art Museum (or lovingly known as “the SAM”) is the centerpiece of Seattle’s art scene, and whether you’re in town looking to explore Seattle’s vast amount of art or you’re just looking for a great place to duck out of the Seattle drizzle (and give yourself heaps of eye candy), the SAM should have just what you need.
Dale Chihuly, a Washington native, is a legendary glass blower. His incredibly creative and distinct work has help the resurgence of modern glassblowing. Delight your imagination with a visit to his museum and garden in the Seattle Center. The massive works, always playful and colorful, are extremely impressive.
An art enthusiast visiting Seattle shouldn’t miss the Greg Kucera Gallery. In the art scene for quite some time, this gallery has grown quite a reputation featuring local and internationally acclaimed artists. Come here for some stellar contemporary art exhibits.
A not-for-profit art space ran by artists, for artists, SOIL has been around since 1995. Without an owner or curator, this gallery is a haven for creativity and has become a very respected institution in the Seattle art scene.
With new exhibits every six weeks, Platform sees a lot of incredible artwork from local and international artists. Expect a wide range of media and some interesting installations.
From the outside, the Seattle Public Library is stunning. The inside? Spectacular. An architectural wonder, the Seattle Public Library is an easy place to get lost in… not to mention among its collection of 1.4 million. Make sure to make it up to the 10th floor for beautiful views of Elliott Bay.
A long-time watering hole for local and visiting artists, The Hideout is a really cool place to visit. The walls are strewn with artwork and the place has a speakeasy feel, complete with great cocktails and local microbrews.
Home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Volunteer Park Conservatory (with hundreds of plant species, no less), this Seattle landmark offers nearly 50 acres of prime Northwestern outdoor beauty to both visitors and locals alike. Come here to daydream, relax and play.
The Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) is housed in a beautiful Art Moderne building in the scenic Volunteer Park of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. An offshoot of SAM (Seattle Art Museum), it resides in the same building that originally housed the larger museum’s collection. The collection of artwork comes from China, Japan, India, Korea, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
One of Seattle’s oldest Catholic Cathedrals, the interior of this church is epic in beauty and intricacy, with high arching ceilings, stained glass windows and fine wood detailing throughout. Come here to get a whole new perspective of the the kind of art that calls Seattle home.
The Frye Museum was Charles and Emma Frye’s legacy to Seattle. It houses their extensive turn of the century representational art in a permanent collection that is always on display in the “Frye Salon”. Both American and European (especially German) artwork is featured, all together in one large room. The Frye also often exhibits the work of local and international emerging artists in a multitude of media and style.
Equal parts art gallery and bar, the Vermillion bridges the gap between two of the best parts of Seattle nightlife: drinking and art. While its bar has offers wine, beer, and cocktails, the exhibition space provides both up-and-coming artists and seasoned veterans alike the opportunity to show their latest masterpieces—all within a cool, uniquely Capitol Hill location.