Many people think that all museums are stuffy or snooty and won’t provide much for fun-loving couples. However, Seattle features some of the best, unique and most interesting museums in the country. These are great date ideas for couples looking to do something different and not break the bank at the same time. Most feature cafes and gift shops too. Before you go, we highly recommend that you visit the museum’s website for the most up-to-date information.
325 5th Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 770-2700
www.empmuseum.orgSet in Seattle’s most unique building designed by Frank O. Gehry, the EMP used to stand for Experience Music Project but has expanded over the years to include pop culture, science fiction and more. Permanent exhibits include history of local Seattle musicians, icons of science fiction, the lure of the horror movie and more. The EMP is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The EMP also features the POP Kitchen & Bar with a happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
LeMay America’s Car Museum
2702 E. D. St.
Tacoma, WA 98421
(253) 779-8490
www.lemaymuseum.orgDoes your date love cars? If so, you must take them to the LeMay America’s Car Museum in Tacoma. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum spans 165,000 square feet and features up to 350 cars at a time. The space is divided up into themes with permanent and touring exhibits. Featured exhibits have included 1930 classics, the Volkswagen Beetle, Nascar, cars from TV and movies and more. The museum also features the Classics Café for lunch or a snack and special events like “movie nights” shown in the museum’s “Club Auto.”
Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-2001
www.pacificsciencecenter.orgThough designed for families, the Pacific Science Center is great fun for couples of all ages, though you may have to wade through groups of children at times. No matter how smart you think you are, you will learn something new. Permanent exhibits include subjects like health and wellness, the sonic boom, dinosaurs, tropical butterflies, 3D technology, science playground and more. The PSC also feature two or three traveling exhibits each year, two IMAX theatres, a Laser dome, a planetarium, a café and a gift shop.
Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 654-3100
www.seattleartmuseum.orgThe Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park is perfect for dates when the weather is nice because it’s free, it’s open every day 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset and it features larger-than-life artwork along a paved path. Free 60-minute tours are available to give you a better education on the site’s history, selected sculptures and the landscape design. On summer weekends, Taste is open for business selling espresso, pastries and snacks.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 753-4940
www.chihulygardenandglass.comLocated at the Seattle Center, the Chihuly Garden and Glass is perfect for the couple who can appreciate nature and the beauty of glass objects. The spectacular site features new and previously exhibited artwork which can look different depending on what time of day you visit. It features an exhibition hall, outdoor garden and glasshouse, which sounds fairly dull, but if you appreciate glass art, you will not be disappointed. Chihuly also features the Collections Café and bookstore.
Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at