Um, even grown-ups like to climb on the Bactrian camel statues outside the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Credit: Kent Wang/Flickr CC
A pair of stately Bactrian camels sits outside the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) in Volunteer Park, always ready to make an appearance in your photos — they’ve been posing for decades! And yes, you’re allowed to climb on them.
As any camel aficionado will tell you, Bactrian camels have two humps, they live in Asia, and there aren’t many left. Their one-humped camel cousins, dromedaries, are far more populous.
Fun fact: The original camels were moved indoors to the Seattle Art Museum downtown in 1991, and the current camels outside SAAM are replicas.
Volunteer Park delivers a twofer of spots ideal for posting on Instagram: Stop for a closeup with the famous “Black Sun” sculpture by Isamu Noguchi, which invites you to climb into its hole or frame the distant Space Needle within it.
Editor's notes: Camel image at top credit Kent Wang/Flickr CC. This article was first published in April 2021, and has been updated for 2023.