If you’re in need of a little inspiration or want to learn something new, heading to a local museum is always a good choice. However, sometimes museum admission prices aren’t always the most attractive. That’s why we love these 5 Seattle museums that are always free!

Frye Art Museum

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The Frye Art Museum is located on First Hill and is home to an impressive permanent collection as well as several curated shows each year. It’s one of Seattle’s best places to see both older and contemporary art and it’s always free!

Where: 704 Terry Ave
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 11 AM-5 PM

Klondike Gold Rush Museum

When you think of gold you likely think of California and Alaska as well as the Yukon in Canada. What you may not know is that the Gold Rush was actually of huge economic benefit to our city. In fact, there’s a whole museum dedicated to it and it’s totally free. 

Where: 319 Second Ave S.
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10 AM-5 PM

Olympic Sculpture Park

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The Olympic Sculpture Park is where art meets getting outdoors. Its location along Elliott Bay makes it a great place to walk with friends while seeing art by both local and international artists. 

Where: 2901 Western Avenue
Hours: Opens daily 30 minutes prior to sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset

The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center

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The Duwamish Longhouse is all about the “social, cultural, and economic survival of Seattle Washington’s aboriginal Duwamish Tribe.” It’s a great place to learn and brush up on your local indigenous knowledge.

Where: 705 W Marginal Way SW
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM

Center for Wooden Boats

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Seattle is surrounded by water making it a prime city for a boat-centric museum. The Center for Wooden Boats describes itself as a “living museum.” It’s all about giving the public access to northwest maritime heritage through “education, interpretation, and hands-on experience.”

Where: 1010 Valley Street
Hours: Wednesday-Friday 12 PM-7 PM, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM-6 PM

Enjoy the free museums, Seattle!