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 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.
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.
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.
Outside, you can’t miss the Glasshouse, which features a 100 foot sculpture. This is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended works.
Around the Glasshouse is the Garden, which provides a unique setting where Chihuly’s works seem to blend in with the natural surroundings.
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.
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!