Seattle is one of the country’s great cities for art, with its public collection alone featuring more than 400 works throughout the area. When trying to decide what art to feature in this issue, we saw that Chihuly Garden and Glass ranked No. 1 on multiple lists of things to do in Seattle, beating out such popular destinations as the Space Needle and even Pike Place Market. Glass art beating out fish throwing? Yeah, right. We were skeptical, so this clearly needed a firsthand investigation. The reviews weren’t kidding; this is a priority for your Seattle trip.
Nestled in the shade of the Space Needle, this long-term exhibition opened in 2012 and is the work of world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, who co-founded Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, and has his work featured in more than 200 museums worldwide.
Upon arriving, your eyes are instantly drawn to the 40-foot Glasshouse, covering more than 4,500 square feet. As if the outside weren’t cool enough, once inside, your jaw drops as you gaze upon an expansive, 100-foot, suspended glass sculpture that has 1,340 individual pieces.
Prior to arriving in the Glasshouse, you’ll wander in awe through eight exhibition halls containing galleries of Chihuly’s work, including a beautiful glass forest, an enchanting sea life room, chandeliers, and more. Outside, a scenic garden meanders around the Glasshouse and exhibitions.
Before you head out, stop at the theater and watch the short video of Chihuly’s glass-blowing process. It’s like watching a choreographed dance as he and his team execute his vision. Seeing how he crafts his glass masterpieces is mind-boggling and worth the admission price alone.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Additional Sights to Check Out
Space Needle: Originally created in 1962 for the World’s Fair, this 520-foot observation deck and rotating restaurant is a staple. Visit at sunset for the most spectacular views.
Pike Place Market: Ever wanted to see your purchased fish tossed through the air before being wrapped? Neither did we, but it’s fun. You’ll find artisans from all over Washington in this multistory market.
Museum of Pop Culture: Whether horror, science fiction, or fantasy is your thing, you’ll find hundreds of props from movies, as well as an impressive collection of Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix memorabilia.
Gum Wall (located in Pike Alley under Pike Place Market): A wall covered in used chewing gum? It’s just gross enough to be cool.
Starbucks: A visit to Seattle wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t go to the original Starbucks. This is coffee lover heaven; you’ll have the aroma infused into your clothes.
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