By drawing on a talented community of artists, craftspeople, and designers, the Bellevue Arts Museum is able to curate an ever-changing exhibit hall that features both local and international works. What's more, the museum has been displaying new sights for nearly 70 years with it's focus on art, craft, & design. Read on to find out more about this Pacific Northwest gem.
The Beginning: In 1947, an arts fair organized by the Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Association showcased the many talented creators of the region—and shined a light on the need for a museum to house their work. The organizers of the fair would address that need by establishing the Bellevue Arts Museum.
The Museum: Opened as a gallery in 1975 in a former schoolhouse, BAM then moved to a former funeral home, then to the third floor of Bellevue Square. Finally, in 2001, it found a home of its own—a blocky, postmodern masterpiece designed by homegrown architect Steven Holl.
Strike, spare, who cares? Bowling is always fun at Bellevue's Lucky Strike.
Don't worry about packing a snack. This alley has a great restaurant so you can keep the fun going.
Cheer on your favorite team at Lucky Strike, a local restaurant with TVs.
Treat yourself to your favorite tasty beverage or one of our flavorful signature drinks.
There's often a DJ spinning as well, and patrons are encouraged to step out on the dance floor.
A tad noisy, the alley is well-suited for those who don't mind a little extra hustle and bustle.
Weekend customers, beware! The alley is busiest on Friday and Saturday, so getting seated will take some time.
At Lucky Strike, you can easily find parking in the lot next door.
The Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Bank of America and Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card captures a little holiday magic beneath it's peaked pavilion roof. Garland, wreaths, and ribbon hang from above, while the open fourth wall leaves the arena open to sunlight, fresh air, and marauding caribou. The rink stays open come rain or shine, with staff members always ready to welcome visitors and supply them with rented skates. They also provide an ongoing holiday soundtrack, with music from STAR 101.5. Should skaters feel the need to refuel, a concession stand provides hot beverages, cups of noodles, and bagels and cream cheese in exchange for cash only, or
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At Funtastic Playtorium, kids can let their imaginations run wild. Activities abound around every corner, challenging young minds to play and explore. In one part of the bright, colorful indoor play space, they'll find a ball blaster area and in another, an interactive soft play for the little ones. Elsewhere, a vast indoor playground beckons with obstacles to climb over along with spiral and wave slides. Toddlers, meanwhile, have exclusive access to an area where they can interact and learn among kids their own age.
Take your friends and family to a world of exciting thrills and endless fun at Orca Swim School in Bellevue.
Whether you're looking for a quick snack or a full meal, the restaurant at this park is sure to dish out something delicious.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this park is a great spot for families.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Make your next date even more romantic with a few laps around the rink together at Evans Skate in Bellevue.
Pick up a tasty meal at their restaurant, located conveniently within the club.
Grab the kids when you head to this club — its family-oriented atmosphere perfect for the whole clan.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.