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Beat the Heat: Stay Cool with The Arts

Courtesy of the the National Nordic Museum

With the next few days bringing record-breaking heat to Seattle, we have put together a list of air-conditioned arts organizations you can visit to experience the vibrant arts and culture in our city all while staying cool!

Courtesy of the National Nordic Museum

Henry Art Gallery 

Visiting Information: The Henry Art Gallery is open with free admission through October 1, 2021. Advance registration for timed tickets is encouraged. Beginning July 10, timed ticket reservations are no longer necessary. Plan your visit here.

Hours: Sat–Sun: 10am–5pm 

Featured Showcase: 2020 – 2021 University of Washington MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition (May 29 – June 27)

The Henry is pleased to present the University of Washington’s School of Art + Art History + Design Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design thesis exhibition. Throughout their programs, fine arts and design students work with advisers and other artists to develop advanced techniques, expand concepts, discuss critical issues, and emerge with a vision and direction for their own work. This year’s presentation will include work by both 2020 and 2021 graduating students.

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) 

Visiting Information: MOHAI is offering free admission for all visitors under 15 years of age and the Museums For All and Access Pass programs. The full list of discounts and other ticket options is available on their website. Masks are required for entry.

Hours: Thurs–Mon: 10am–5pm

Featured Showcase: Stand Up Seattle (Now through July 5)

Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project is an exploration of the power of self-government, engaging visitors in experiences that encourage them to take action now to create the change they want to see. Shaped by the evolving story of democracy in our region, and drawing on MOHAI’s extensive collection of historic artifacts, images, and oral histories, Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project highlights how direct participation sustains, expands, and reimagines a government of, by, and for the people. The exhibit includes rare artifacts from Seattle’s history of democracy, personal stories of democracy in action, and interactive experiences that put the power of democracy directly in the hands of visitors. 

National Nordic Museum 

Visiting Information: All visitors must reserve tickets before arriving to the Museum, including Members, complimentary pass holders, and general admission. Masks are required for entry. Plan your visit here.

Special Offer: For a limited time, use the code “heatwave” upon checkout to reserve one free ticket for every paid ticket.


  • Fri: 10am–5pm 
  • Sat: 10am–5pm 
  • Sun: 10am–5pm 

Featured Showcase: Among Forests and Lakes: Landscape Masterpieces from the Finnish National Gallery (May 6 – October 16)

Be transported to the beauty and drama of the Finnish countryside through 50 works of art spanning over 150 years of artistic interpretation in Among Forests and Lakes from Finland’s National Gallery. This is the only North American showing of this exhibition. 

Photographic Center Northwest 

Visitor Information: The Photographic Center Northwest is free to the public. Masks are required for entry. 


  • Mon–Thu: 12:30–9pm
  • Sun: 12–6pm 

Featured Showcase: Time Capsule (June 24 – August 12) 

As humanity continues to face historical reckonings in politics, science, race, class, and the arts amidst a pandemic, photography plays a critical role in our processing and understanding. Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) asked artists to submit work that reflects this time. We received over 1600 still and moving images, from 251 artists from all over the world. Submissions came from 34 US states and international artists submitted from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Latvia, Lebanon, Spain, Turkey, and Ukraine. Juror Shamim M. Momin chose 59 works from 42 individuals to be included in the exhibition. 

Wing Luke Museum 

Visitor Information: As part of the Museums for All program, you can free admission for up to 5 individuals with an EBT card. Plan your visit here.

Hours: Fri–Sun: 10am–5pm 

Featured Showcase: A Dragon Lives Here: Bruce Lee Exhibit Part 4

Building on their popular Bruce Lee exhibit series, A Dragon Lives Here  hones in on Bruce Lee’s Seattle roots and the fact that Seattle, now known as a city for innovation, technology, and entrepreneurs, also played a key role in shaping Bruce Lee and his groundbreaking approach.

A Dragon Lives Here was created in partnership with the Bruce Lee Foundation and with the generous support of sponsors, donors, and partners.

Be sure to visit your favorite arts organizations’ websites to see what they have to offer this weekend!