Imagine stepping into a world of whimsy, a world of color, a world of spectacular immersive art. That is what you are stepping into when you visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle. For us the Chihuly was an add on. We bought the City Pass tickets to see other major attractions. I saw this was part of the ticket and after a few recommended we had to see it, we decided to tack it on. After spending two hours and taking thousands of photographs we now tell everyone that this is a must visit! See why we feel this museum is a must visit when in Seattle.
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Dale Chihuly, after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, in 1968 went to Venice, Italy to study glass blowing. After falling in love with the art, he became a world renown gloss blowing artist, making priceless chandeliers and art installations all over the world. In 2012 he opened the Chihuly Garden and Glass, a long-term exhibition of his work. This museum is truly a visual experience, I need this post to be a photo essay to truly show you some of what you experience in this museum.
In the Museum
Outside the museum is a whole other garden. Here you can truly see where nature mixes with art, as the glass pieces weave seamlessly with the natural plants and flowers in the garden.
Tips and Tricks
- Art museums, especially ones like this where you can’t touch, can be tricky with children. We involved the kids by encouraging them to take photos with their devices (Our children have older generation Google Pixels). Once they started to take photos, they started to really enjoy the museum. They looked for unique angles, admired the detail, and tried to see what they could include in the picture. Some of the photos you see in the blog post were taken by my children. If you have a child who will not be able to resist touching I would suggest skipping this exhibit.
- Plan to spend 1-2 hours in the museum. There is much to see, but it can get overwhelming because there is so much detail.
- Plan to see this the same day you are visiting the Space Needle. They are right next to each other and in the same area.
- While I think the Chihuly Garden visit is worth the cost of admission, if you are planning to do the Space Needle, Aquarium and/or Argosy Cruises then go ahead and purchase the City Pass. It will save you money
- Note that your admission comes with free access to photos taken by the professional photographers on site. Feel free to ask them to scan your tickets and get pictures of your family in front of the flowers. We were never all the garden at the same time as the photographer, so we didn’t get one, but I saw lots of groups take advantage of this.
- At the time of our visit (October 2021), masks were required but vaccinations were not. Be sure to check out the latest COVID restrictions.
- While the museum does have a small café, it does not have a lot of choices. I would suggest doing the museum before or after lunch at the Armory, which has a food court with a lot of options near-by
- There are occasionally live glass blowing exhibits to learn about the process. Those are interesting to watch if you can catch one.
- The museum gift shop has some lovely jewelry, glass art pieces, and unique clothing if you are interested in a fun, artsy souvenir to take home.
While the Chihuly Garden and Glass was the last attraction we visited in Seattle, it turned out to be a family favorite. I would highly suggest prioritizing this museum in your itinerary and spend a morning or afternoon admiring this overwhelming art and talent that is truly unique.
Want to know more about what to do in Seattle? Check out my post, the Ultimate Long Weekend in Seattle to plan your next trip.
- Address: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109
- Hours: Daily, Generally 10 AM – 6 PM
- Cost: Adults – $32, Seniors (65+) – $27, Youth (5-12) – $19, 4 and under Free. Included as part of Seattle City Pass
* Photos taken by Atma Photography