You don’t necessarily need to lay out big bucks to take in the arts. Here’s a list of some of the best museums in Seattle that offer free admission.

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Northeast 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-5590
When: First Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The Burke Museum of History and Culture features numerous exhibits covering a wide range of subjects, including animal life, plant life and traditional and contemporary cultures. There are also a variety of lectures, events and workshops held throughout the year at the Burke Museum of Natural and Cultural History, which is located on the University of Washington campus.

Frye Art Museum

704 Terry Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98104
(206) 622-9250
When: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m – 5 p.m. (7 p.m. Thursday)

The Frye Art Museum houses late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century paintings and sculpture from European artists in their permanent collections, but also features exhibits works from internationally famous and emerging artists. The Frye Art Museum also hosts a variety of public events, programs, lectures, and more.

Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame

325 5th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 770-2702‎
When: First Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. (in winter only)

Architecture, science fiction, and music — that’s the Experience Music Project and Sci-Fi Museum in a nut shell. Housed in a Frank Gehry-designed building and located at the Seattle Center, the museums allow visitors to browse interactive exhibits on popular music and sci-fi literature and media. Visit the first Thursday of every month for a free live music show.