Museum Round-up

We all know the old saying, "April showers bring May flowers." But what to do during those showery April days? How about an afternoon at one of Seattle's many museums? Whether it's paintings or airplanes, historical artifacts or police displays, Seattle has a museum for almost every interest. (Starred museums participate in Free First Thursday, as does the Wing Luke Museum.)

Burke Museum*: On the University of Washington campus, this nicely-sized museum is devoted to the natural and cultural history of our area. Current special exhibits include contemporary Maori weaving art from New Zealand and a complementary exhibit of the birds of New Zealand. Coming this summer: prizewinning wildlife photography. For more information, call (206) 543-5590 or go to

Experience Music Project: While the main focus of the EMP is (obviously) music, it is currently exhibiting Paul Allen's personal art collection, including works by Renoir, Monet, Lichtenstein, Van Gogh, Rothko, and more. For more information, call (206) 367-5483 or go to

Museum of Flight*: This spectacular museum follows the history of aviation and aircraft and has a special areas for kids to try out different principals of flying and air traffic control. The Great Gallery has 39 full-sized aircraft on display. Current featured exhibits are: See the Concorde - Up Close and Personal; The Birth of Aviation - It's the "Wright" Stuff; and Airforce One - Walk in the Footsteps of Presidents. For more information, call (206) 764-5720 or go to

Museum of History and Industry*: This venerable museum has displays that trace Seattle's history, through art, artifacts, and interactive installments. Currently on exhibit: Fashion at MOHAI, which chronicles 20th-century fashion history. For more information, call (206) 324-1126 or go to

Nordic Heritage Museum: Located in Ballard (center of Seattle's Scandinavian scene), this is the only museum in the U.S, honoring the traditions of all five Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. A special room dedicated to each country is on permanent exhibit. Special exhibits opening this month: Fairy Photo Collages, The Landscapes of Clyde Aspevig, and New Drawings by Sol Kjok. Call (206) 789-5707 or go to

Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art: While not in Seattle, doll lovers definitely make the trek to Bellevue to see the 1994 winner of Best Private Doll Museum in the World, which is has over 1,200 dolls - from antique to modern - on permanent display. The current changing exhibit is From World Expos to County Fairs. For more information, call (425) 455-1116 or go to

Seattle Art Museum/Asian Art Museum*: While SAM Downtown is being remodeled, all activity is taking place at the Asian Art Museum at Volunteer Park. Current special exhibit is Discovering Buddhist Art and opening May 4 is A Northwest Summer and American Art Deco. For more information, visit

Seattle Children's Museum: At this fun museum at the Seattle Center, kids can travel around the world, climb a mountain, cook up fun in the restaurant, or perform at the Bijou Theatre. More fun awaits at Cog City, Discovery Bay (for little ones), and MindScape (for bigger kids). Currently on exhibit: Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, a Hands-on Exhibit. For more information, call (206) 441-1768 or go to

Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum: Visitors to the official museum of the Seattle Police and King County Sheriff's Office (located in Seattle's Pioneer Square district) learn about the "taming" of Seattle. The museum includes historic displays and interactive exhibits. For more information, call (206) 748-9991 or go to