Glass artist Dale Chihuly, famous for his whimsical sculptures, was born in Tacoma but has left his mark on Seattle. Fans can revel in his colorful creations at the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum at Seattle Center. The facility includes a 100-foot (30-meter) glass sculpture, theater, and Chihuly retrospective plus an outdoor garden.
Fans of glass artist Dale Chihuly can get an overview of his career and take in his many sculptures at Chihuly Garden and Glass. The museum’s centerpiece is a 40-foot (12-meter) glass-covered building with Chihuly’s famous flower-like sculptures hanging from the ceiling. The Exhibition Hall covers his career and showcases his monumental work. The Theater screens videos about his art, and the sculpture garden allows visitors to take in the art in a well-appointed outdoor space.
Visitors can choose to visit as a self-guided experience, or opt for a private tour package. The museum sells stand-alone tickets and packages that combine a trip to the iconic Space Needle. Groups of 15 or more people are eligible for a discounted ticket price.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Chihuly Garden and Glass is a must-visit for general art fans and admirers of Dale Chihuly’s work.
- The museum and the gardens are wheelchair accessible.
- The museum includes a small cafe and a gift shop with apparel, accessories, garden items, and jewelry.
- An adult must accompany visitors under 14 years old.
- Large strollers are not permitted in the galleries.
How to Get There
Chihuly Garden and Glass is located near the Space Needle, north of Seattle’s downtown core. There is street parking in the area, as well as parking garages nearby. The museum is accessible via the monorail, which connects to downtown. Numerous city buses stop nearby, including routes 2, 4, 13, and 24.
When to Get There
Chihuly Garden and Glass is at its busiest during summer weekends. To avoid crowds, consider visiting early on a weekday, or coming in the colder months. Your ticket allows you to enter more than once in a day, and the glass is beautiful when illuminated by sunlight as well as at night, when it shines dramatically under the dark sky.
Other Nearby Attractions
Attractions near Chihuly Garden and Glass include the Seattle Children’s Museum, Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, and Museum of Pop Culture. All of these, including numerous restaurants and park spaces, are part of the complex known as the Seattle Center.