Museums & Attractions

Our park lands are home to a variety of museums, gardens, and attractions. Here's a list of all these special places, with links to their respective parks. 

Center for Wooden Boats

Located in beautiful Lake Union Park, the Center for Wooden Boats is a maritime museum and boating education center providing hands on learning through a variety of boating and sailing programs.

Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)

Located in Lake Union Park, the Museum of History and Industry is dedicated to featuring Seattle's rich history and experience. They offer a variety of exhibitions and opportunities for learning.

Pratt Fine Arts Center

Located in Pratt ParkPratt Fine Arts Center offers classes for all skill levels and abilities. It is the only facility in the Northwest where absolute beginners and established professional artists work side-by-side creating art in glass, sculpture, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, drawing and printmaking.  Pratt provides affordable studios with unparalleled state-of-the-art equipment and professional artist instruction to create an environment where students learn, experiment, and create.

Seattle Aquarium

Between Piers 62 & 63 and Waterfront Park, the Seattle Aquarium offers a many marine exhibits that explore ocean and aquatic life.

Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park

Near Myrtle Edwards Park, the Olympic Sculpture Park houses a collection of renown outdoor sculptures, indoor cafe, guided tours, and breathtaking view of Puget Sound.

Seattle Asian Art Museum

The Seattle Asian Art Museum is located in the heart of Volunteer Park. The collection features artwork from Asian countries and artists. 
Currently the museum is closed for renovation and expansion. Visit  the SAAM Renovation website for more information.

Seattle Chinese Garden

The Seattle Chinese Garden is a Seattle Parks and Recreation partner that offers free public access to a lush, beautiful garden within West Seattle. The garden is a traditional Sichuan-style Chinese garden, the only one of its kind outside China, that celebrates Seattle's rich Chinese heritage. 

Seattle Japanese Garden

The Seattle Japanese Garden is managed jointly by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Arboretum Foundation. The garden features winding paths through sculpted landscapes evocative of traditional Japanese designs.

Seward Park Audubon Center

The Seward Park Audubon Center is an Enviromental Learning Center located in Seward Park and run by the Audubon Society. They offer a variety of exciting programming for all ages.

Volunteer Park Conservatory

The Volunteer Park Conservatory is located in Volunteer Park and has a full display of cacti, tropical plants, orchids, and other species.

Washington Park Arboretum

The Washington Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a large park full of interesting gardens and rare plant species. The arboretum is comanaged by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Arboretum Foundation as well as the University of Washington

Washington Park Arboretum Environmental Education Center PreDesign Study

Seattle Parks and Recreation, in equal partnership with the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, and the Arboretum Foundation are engaging in a pre-design study for the building of a new Environmental Education Center at Washington Park Arboretum. This new facility will allow the current youth and adult education programming to expand by nearly double those currently served annually. The desired goal is to serve 20,000 children and adults annually from diverse communities across the region.

Woodland Park Zoo

Located in Woodland Park, the Woodland Park Zoo features extensive exhibits with a huge variety of animal species.