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Best Museum Exhibits This Spring In Seattle

February 24, 2014 5:00 AM

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(Photo credit: NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Seattle is home to more than a dozen museums that feature a variety of different art collections, including historical artifacts, paintings and sculptures, archaeological fossils and music-inspired items and mementos. If you’re interested in seeing the best upcoming museum exhibits, be sure to check out this list of collections and events that will be featured in the downtown Seattle area this spring.

“Miró: The Experience of Seeing”
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 654-3100
www.seattleartmuseum.org

Dates: Through May 26, 2014

“Miró: The Experience Of Seeing,” a new exhibit being showcased at the Seattle Art Museum, consists of more than 50 sculptures, paintings and drawings. These all come from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia collection in Madrid, Spain. Visitors to this exhibit will see a fresh view of Surrealist artist Joan Miró’s later works of art. These include abstracts and colorfully bold paintings that United States art lovers have rarely seen. The majority of the artwork displayed dates as far back as 1963 to as recent as 1983, which were the later years in Joan Miró’s life. Get into the Seattle Art Museum for free on the first Thursday of every month. It also offers free admission to seniors on the first Friday of every month, and to teens ages 13 to 17 on the second Friday of the month, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945″
Seattle Asian Art Museum
Volunteer Park
1400 E. Prospect St.
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 654-3100
www.seattleartmuseum.org

Dates: May 10 through Oct. 19, 2014

The upcoming exhibit at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, or SAAM, is titled “Deco Japan: Shaping Art And Culture, 1920–1945.” It showcases more than 200 Japanese works of art from the private collection of Mary and Robert Levenson, a couple that resides in Florida. The exhibit includes Japanese art deco furniture pieces, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, prints, jewelry and lacquered objects known as lacquerware. The objects in the Levensons’ collection signify many of the cultural and social contributions in the Japanese art deco movement. The SAAM also has free admission days on the first Thursday of each month for all, the first Friday of every month for seniors, the first Saturday of each month for families. On the second Thursday of each month, admission is free from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“SPY: The Secret World of Espionage”
Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-2001
www.pacificsciencecenter.org

Dates: March 29 through Sept. 1, 2014

Seattle’s Pacific Science Center continually has some of the most interesting exhibits in all of the Emerald City and Pacific Northwest. One that will not soon be forgotten was that of “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and Great Pharaohs,” which remained on display for the better part of a year. Now, the science center has done it again and gotten another rare, public exhibition geared toward undercover spies, titled “SPY: The Secret World Of Espionage.” Visitors to this exhibit can see first-hand collected treasures obtained from members of the FBI, the CIA and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). This exhibit is truly considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity featuring more than 10,000 artifacts. Guests can also become an agent for the day, create their own special disguise, use spy-inspired gadgets and try to navigate, undetected, through security laser beams.

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“Dino Day”
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
University of Washington Campus
Corner of 17th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 543-5590
www.burkemuseum.org

Date: March 8, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, both members and visitors can join expert paleontologists for its annual “Dino Day.” If you’re already a member of the Burke Museum, your admission is free and you can even come early, at 9 a.m. “Dino Day” is an exhibit dedicated to viewing and touching real fossils, as well as meeting Burke paleontologists to get questions answered from the experts. You can also embark on an actual fossil dig on-site at the museum and share your findings with family, friends and Burke staff. Park in any of the nearby University of Washington lots and park for free on Saturday after 12 p.m.

“Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture”
EMP Museum
325 5th Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 770-2700
www.empmuseum.org

Dates: Through April 20, 2014

A brand new exhibit at Seattle’s Experience Music Project, also known as the EMP Museum, is “Block By Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture.” This is fun exhibit for anyone of any age as it is all about LEGOs. You’ll view a number of extraordinary models—all built with LEGOs—of some of the world’s most famous landmarks, including the Seattle Space Needle, the Hearst Tower, the Chrysler Building and more. Lego’s were invented in 1949 and it’s amazing what can be constructed with these plastic building blocks. One of the models on display is more than nine feet tall. The museum is open daily; winter hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. run through May 22. Summer hours are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and run May 23 – September 1.

Related: Best Exhibits To Visit This Summer In Seattle

Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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