I first fell in love with Chihuly, the creator of the insanely mesmerizing blown glass pieces the second I laid eyes on them at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. And then again on the ceiling in the lobby of The Bellagio in Las Vegas. If you’ve been to either of those places, you probably have also!!
After hearing about the museum strictly dedicated to the work of Dale Chihuly and its location in Seattle, I knew that it would very high on my to-do list when I visited. I think it should be on yours too!
Located in downtown Seattle, directly under the Space Needle is this gorgeous museum and garden! It’s located within walking distance to the Monorail, The Museum Of Pop Culture, The Seattle Center and Playground, and Sky City, the restaurant at the top of the Space Needle. Fantastic location if you’re seeing more than one of these places, which you should, but the crowds and parking can be a tad overwhelming. There’s valet right at the base of the Needle (which is directly next to the entrance of the museum) that will run to about $25-30 and discounted with Space Needle admission ticket. We chose to park across the street in a little island lot where it was a reasonable pay per hour kiosk and walked the rest of the day. Simple once we decided where to park.
There’s a kiosk located before entering the museum for easy ticket purchases.
$24 for adults
$21 for seniors
$14 ages 5-12
$19 ages 13 plus
FREE for kids under 4 years
Absolutely worth it!
*You may want to call and/or check their website before your visit as the greenhouse is sometimes closed for private events and you surely won’t want to miss it!
The museum is filled with incredible pieces, some with different themes such as “under the sea” etc. Hanging above, on the walls, in the middle of the space. All of the work is curated so perfectly and it’s all so striking!! It was so astonishing to see the intricacy of them up close! I have never been able to examine them in such a way before!
What I was pleasantly surprised to find was an entire room of textiles and pottery also!
The greenhouse and the garden lay in the shadows of the needle! You can get some really fabulous shots of both Chihuly works and the needle!! The garden is filled with surprises at every turn! They did a remarkable job of cleverly combining the art with natural elements. After all, that is one of the artist’s biggest inspirations.
That brings me to buy next point…don’t miss the collection of short documentaries! They show you the process of creation from concept to actually blowing the glass, and then the vision and strategic execution of where to show. Tel Aviv, Venice, NY Botanical Gardens, to name a few. I think what blew me away the most from the films was watching the eccentric artist just toss some of his pieces into the water without a care. I was a nervous wreck! He was not!
No flash is needed for taking photos of the work and don’t miss the FREE photo the photographers take of you and your party! You can scan the card they give you at a kiosk and choose to send them directly to your email and share it on social media!
My young daughters ages 6&8 loved the museum boasting with bold colors. It kept their complete attention the entire stay! They did enjoy the self-guided audio tour but I don’t think it’s necessarily imperative to enjoy this museum. I would recommend it for small children but would warn some rooms are darker and to keep a close eye on the more wiggly little ones as the pieces are extremely fragile (and expensive). It can also get pretty crowded. Perhaps bribe the wee ones with playtime at the Seattle Center Playground around the corner after?! ￼
The museum is also home to a cafe and a wonderful gift shop! Prints and all sorts of Chihuly swag. Other neat artsy items too! Take your time with this shop!
A highlight of our Seattle trip!
This one is not to be missed!
Safe travels, Sar