Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass is an art museum at Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington. Located next to the Space Needle, it showcases the works of local artist Dale Chihuly and opened in 2012. In addition to the exhibits, there’s also a gift shop, café, and meeting space.

 

Admission

Admission is US$24 for adults (as of January 2018), but a combo ticket including the Space Needle can be purchased for US$38. Tickets can be purchased online. An audio tour is available if you wish to learn more about the art.

 

Interior Exhibits

The first part of the museum is indoors. It starts with some beautiful works of art representing Native Americans and then another gallery representing the sea. Next, there’s a glass ceiling that is mesmerizing.

Interior exhibit at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington

Interior exhibit

Sea creatures at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington

Sea creatures

Glass ceiling at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington

Glass ceiling

Glass ceiling at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington

Glass ceiling

The exhibit continues to get better and better as you move along. There are colorful and imaginative pieces that when put together look like an undersea wonderland, boats full of glass, chandeliers, and flowers.

One of the colorful exhibits at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington

One of the colorful exhibits

Boats at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington

Boats

Chandeliers at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington

Chandeliers

Flowers at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington

Flowers

 

Glasshouse

Outside, you can’t miss the Glasshouse, which features a 100 foot sculpture. This is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended works.

Glasshouse at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington

Glasshouse

Inside the Glasshouse at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington

Inside the Glasshouse

Closeup of the artwork in the Glasshouse at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington

Closeup of the artwork in the Glasshouse

 

Garden

Around the Glasshouse is the Garden, which provides a unique setting where Chihuly’s works seem to blend in with the natural surroundings.

Garden at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington

Garden

Garden at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington

Garden

A section of the Garden at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington

A section of the Garden

Garden at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington

Garden

Finally, there’s a hallway with colorful chandeliers along with a theatre where you can watch a few short films about Chihuly and how he works.

Chandeliers at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington

Chandeliers

 

Don’t Miss It!

Not knowing what to expect for such a high ticket price, we decided to visit with our last few hours in town and found it to be spectacular. We thought it was going to be a time-killer, but it ended up being of the best exhibits we have ever seen. The pictures don’t capture the art nearly as well as seeing it in person. If we had known ahead of time that it was such a great place to visit, we would have bought the combo ticket with the Space Needle and saved some money. Do yourself a favor and visit – it’s something you shouldn’t miss!

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