Seattle Museums Free First Thursday, Feb. 5, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Burke Museum, MOHAI, NW African American Museum, Nordic Heritage Museum and Museum of Flight, Seattle.
What’s up this weekend, everyone? We’re figuring you have plans, so let’s look ahead a few days to the opportunity to visit several of Seattle’s wonderful museums free on First Thursday, Feb. 5.
The Museum of Flight offers free admission from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 5 and every first Thursday with aircraft of every era, children’s activities, Boeing’s 100-year-old Red Barn manufacturing plant and the Personal Courage Wing aircraft and memorabilia of World War I and World War II. Serious airplane buffs can head to the museum Saturday at 7:30 a.m. to watch the Concorde, Air Force One and Lockheed Constellation being carefully towed down the street from the old Airpark to their new home adjacent to the museum. The museum will open an hour early at 9 a.m. Saturday to mark the occasion. Tours of the Airpark planes aren’t available until their new location opens Feb. 14.
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is also part of free first Thursday, featuring the Kwakwaka’wakw Native American mask that inspired the Seahawks logo as part of the “Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired” exhibit of contemporary and historical works by Native artists. The mask belongs to a museum in Maine and is on loan to the Burke through July 27.
First Thursday free museum admission
Seattle Art Museum: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 5, 1300 First Ave., Seattle (206-654-3100 or seattleartmuseum.org).
Seattle Asian Art Museum: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 5, Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle (206-654-3100 or seattleartmuseum.org).
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 5, UW campus at 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle (206-543-5590 or burkemuseum.org).
MOHAI: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 5, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle (206-324-1126 or mohai.org).
Northwest African American Museum: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 5, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle (206-518-6000 or naamnw.org).
Nordic Heritage Museum: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 5, 2014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle (206-789-5707 or nordicmuseum.org).
Museum of Flight: 5-9 p.m. Feb. 5, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle (206-764-5700 or museumofflight.org).
Both Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum offer free admission and special events the first Thursday of every month. Admission to SAM’s special “City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India,” photography and sculpture of colorful, complex contemporary India, usually accessed by advance reservation, is open Feb. 5 with no reservations needed.
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Northwest African American Museum First Thursday includes local author Carver Gayton reading and signing “When Owing a Shilling Costs a Dollar, The Saga of Lewis G. Clark, Born a ‘White’ Slave” at 7 p.m. Feb. 5.
MOHAI, the Museum of History & Industry at Lake Union Park, features the “True Northwest: the Seattle Journey” exhibit of 25 “snapshots” of the city through the years with artifacts and multimedia. Only ADA parking is available adjacent to the museum; note that the footbridge in Lake Union Park that’s usually the quickest way from public parking areas is closed for maintenance by Seattle Parks and Recreation, so access is by a longer walk past the bridge and through the park to the museum.
Have a great weekend, 12s. Go Seahawks!