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More museums, from masters of the sky to gold diggers

Seattle museums are full of history, from natural history at the Burke, to the Asian-American experience at the Wing to the evolution of aviation at the Museum of Flight.

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If you’re looking for more museums, you’re in luck. Seattle has museums that will fit almost anyone’s interest. Among those within easy reach of downtown Seattle:

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

An eclectic and enticing museum, with exhibits on everything from Washington state geology to prehistoric animals to a walk-through volcano to traditions of the Pacific Rim.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, until 8 p.m. first Thursday of the month, 17th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 45th St., University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10, free on first Thursdays (206-543-5590 or ).

Museum of Flight

It’s all aviation, all the time, at this museum near Boeing Field. There are aircraft, an air-traffic-control tower, a children’s area and exhibits on the history of aviation, from wartime to Boeing’s historic 100-year-old Red Barn building. The Airpark outdoor display includes an original Air Force One and a supersonic Concorde.

10 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily, until 9 p.m. first Thursday of the month, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $10-$18, free 5-9 p.m. on first Thursdays (206-764-5720 or

Nordic Heritage Museum

See how Scandinavian immigrants lived when they first came to the Pacific Northwest (think fishing and logging in the early days) — and how differently they live now. Plus temporary exhibits on contemporary Scandinavian culture, from painters to “Dressing Swedish.”

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle; $4-$6, free on first Thursdays (206-789-5707 or ).

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Explore the history and culture of Seattle’s Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian communities. Daily guided tours include a look at a historical Chinatown hotel and the Yick Fung Company store. A special exhibit, “Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century,” runs through Nov. 17.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, until 8 p.m. first Thursday and third Saturday of every month, 719 S. King St., Seattle; $8.95-$12.95, free first Thursdays and third Saturdays (206-623-5124 or

Northwest African American Museum

Explore the history, culture, music and art of the region’s African-American community, both historic and contemporary.

11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; $4-$6, free first and second Thursday of every month (206-518-6000 or ).

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

This little, but compelling, museum tells the story of the 1897 stampede to the Yukon gold fields and Seattle’s crucial role. The museum is in Pioneer Square, the 19th-century taking-off point for gold-seekers.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 319 Second Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-220-4240 or

From jellyfish to giraffes

These next items aren't really museums, but they're popular attractions, especially if you're traveling with children:

Seattle Aquarium: Sea life in Puget Sound and around the world, marine mammals, underwater dome, touch tanks, diver shows. On the downtown waterfront. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, exhibits close 6 p.m., 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $14.95-$21.95 (206-386-4300 or

Woodland Park Zoo: Large zoo in North Seattle, with animals in naturalistic settings including an African Savannah, Tropical Rain Forest, Northern Trail and more. Plus aAdmission discounts on rainy days -- a plus for fall and winter visitors. emporate Rain Forest, Willawong Station Bird Feeding Experience, Tropical Asia Bamboo Forest Reserve, Trail of Vines and Elephant Forest, historic carousel.206-548-2500 or

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