Museums in Washington

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Now a subsidiary of the Wing Luke Asian Museum, Chinatown Discovery Tours offers almost a dozen 90-minute tours of Seattle’s Chinatown each week. The pleasant outdoor strolls trace the arrival of the Chinese in the 19th century, their struggles and enduring culture. There’s no shortage of tidbits to pick up, thanks to Seattle’s expansive mix of Asian cultures, and some tours even include stop-offs at great and tasty Chinese restaurants. Others might include a visit to Hing Hay Park, with its terraced stairs and red brick square, or a walk through Uwajimaya, a pan-Asian food emporium and gift shop. On Saturdays, literary visitors can take the Bitter and Sweet tour, which pays respects to landmarks featured in the New York Times bestseller Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. That means stops at Canton Alley and the Panama Hotel, among other illuminating Seattle spots.

719 S King St
Seattle,
WA
US

The Mobius Science Center plugs into humanity’s unbridled curiosity and scintillates visitors of all ages by revealing the secrets of science with 65 exhibits that delve into chemistry, space, fluid dynamics, and even optics. In the engineering area, guests learn about aeronautics and aerodynamics by launching water rockets, building their own flying device, and experiencing their own aerodynamics in an air cannon. Floating pennies and magnetic benches explore mysteries of physics, while a virtual autopsy peels the human body a part layer by layer in the anatomy area.

Located across the street from River Park Square and the Mobius Kids Children's Museum, the science center has initiated a plethora of programs ranging from outreach learning and winter break camps to science-themed shows and a portable planetarium.

811 W Main Ave
Spokane,
WA
US

Incorporated in 1907 to oversee the city's fledgling parks, today the Metro Parks Tacoma organization enriches the lives of residents and visitors with its array of recreational facilities that includes community centers, dog parks, pools, and athletic fields. At Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, visitors step back in time to interact with Washington's denizens of yore, hearkening back to the day when trappers fetched a pretty penny for the 1979 Seattle SuperSonics' jerseys. For nearly a century, golfers have flocked to Meadow Park Golf Course's 27 holes to shoot for par or practice their drives, and the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium touts a rich Asian forest sanctuary home to real Sumatran tigers.

1919 S Tyler St
Tacoma,
WA
US

Located on Paine Field, Historic Flight at Kilo 7 narrows its sight on a particularly important segment of aviation history: 1927 to 1957, or the period between Charles Lindbergh's solo crossing of the Atlantic and the first test flight of the Boeing 707. The museum offers a glimpse into the three decades in between, housing a collection of restored birds such as a 1939 Waco UPF-7 biplane and a 1942 P-51B Mustang that saw action in World War II. Visitors can inspect each fully functional aircraft up close inside the museum hangar, possibly even witnessing new projects in mid-restoration or?if it's a designated "fly day"?recent completions taking off from the runway outside. Videos, pictures, and other multimedia accompany each flying relic, helping observers form a well rounded appreciation for the eras in which they flew.

10719 Bernie Webber Dr
Mukilteo,
WA
US

Held at two locations over the course of 10 days, the Tasveer Seattle South Asian Film Festival showcases filmmakers whose work reflects issues facing the region. Culled from countries such as Sri Lanka and Pakistan, as well as border countries including Afghanistan, many of the movies are followed by discussions with their directors. In the past, these directors have included luminaries, such as Indian director Mira Nair, but also local artists making their debuts. Along with screenings and Q&A's, there will be filmmaker roundtables and community discussions that tackle subjects including the struggles minorities face living in the U.S.

305 Harrison Street
Seattle,
WA
US

Though it only takes six minutes, a walk through Hell's Gateway Haunted House can feel like a terrifying eternity. A new scare waits behind every door, in every pitch-black corner, and down every narrow hallway. The experience is like stepping right onto the set of a horror film, only without the prima-donna werewolf and his incessant demands for imported chocolates.

A central computer controls all the sounds, mechanical props, and special effects, but the scariest inhabitants are the human performers. These actors take on the roles of demons, crazed children, and other terrifying personas searching for new recruits; attendees can spend some time in the Zombie Jail and pose for a picture in the electric chair.

2302 Fawcett Avenue
Tacoma,
WA
US