Welcome Back: Reopening Seattle’s Museums

There’s nothing like a fine work of art to help you aspire to greatness. And during Seattle’s famously dreary winter weather, an indoor escape to a gallery full of bright, wonderous pieces might be just what we all need. For those of you with a good memory — yes, Seattle’s museums did already reopen a few short months ago, but as safety guidelines have changed, the art scene is now seeing its second reopening during the pandemic.

So if you’re ready for a much-needed dose of culture, or you’re simply looking for an activity to do with the whole family, take some time and explore these beloved local museums.

While this particular museum is not yet reopening in person, the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) is hosting plenty of virtual exhibitions and digital events to celebrate local Black artists during Black History Month. Of note is the virtual exhibition Algorithm: Archetype by artist Christopher Shaw, featuring an exploration of history and nature through ceramics and stoneware. Additionally, NAAM has a number of upcoming virtual panels and presentations planned throughout the month featuring local working artists and professors.

On the Eastside, the Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) is reopening with timed tickets for entry and enhanced social distancing protocols in place. Current exhibits include the flamboyant Yellow No. 5 collaboration between several local artists and Pulped Under Pressure: The Art of Handmade Paper, among others. For those who aren’t quite ready to leave the house, BAM is also offering 3D tours of several exhibits, complete with information on individual pieces and accompanying videos.

Reopening on February 18, the National Nordic Museum is welcoming the public back with safe, timed tickets for entry and a socially-distanced traffic flow throughout the exhibits. Guests can expect to see exhibits including the permanent display Nordic Journeys and other rotating exhibitions including the contemporary La Vaughn Belle: A History of Unruly Returns and The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography. In addition to this, the museum is hosting a recurring virtual “Crafts and Cocktails” event, along with virtual kid’s crafts.

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