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7 Great Children's Museums for Northwest Families

Guide to kids' museums to visit around Seattle, the Eastside and South Sound

Author Elisa Murray

Published on: March 12, 2019

7 Great Children's Museums for Northwest Families

HOCM naturalist with kids
Activities at Hands On Children's Museum. Photo courtesy Hands On Children's Museum

Discount tips

  • All museums are committed to accessibility; most offer free admission or very reduced admission for low-income families. Check each museum’s website for discounts, and the Museums for All program.
  • Most museums have a free or discounted day each month (or week). 
  • Most museums offer discounts for active-duty military families through the Blue Star museum program.
  • Through the Association of Children's Museums, membership to many of these museums allows you to enjoy reciprocal benefits with other children's museums. Find the Washington list here.
  • If you have a membership to a museum that’s part of the Northwest Association of Youth Museums (most museums on this list), you can use a buy-one, get-one-free coupon for admission to other member museums. Check with your museum.
  • Many of the museums offer group discounts for groups.
  • Many museums also offer sensory hours for families with special needs. Check websites for info.


Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2018 and updated for 2019.

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