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Chihuly Garden and Glass

305 Harrison Street | Seattle, WA 98109 | Official website
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  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.0)
Value: 3.5 (3.5)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Bursting with artwork spanning the colors of the rainbow, Chihuly Garden and Glass offers visitors a look at creative, glass-blown pieces crafted by renowned Pacific Northwest artist, Dale Chihuly. The museum is a relatively new attraction, having opened in 2012, but in its short existence, it's commanded the respect and admiration of Seattleites and tourists alike. The venue is divided into the Exhibition Hall, which displays eight galleries of work and three "drawing walls," the Glasshouse (think greenhouse, but with glass-blown flowers instead of living ones) and the Garden, which features Chihuly's work integrated with lush shrubbery.

Visitors are impressed by the amount of detail evident in each glass-blown piece and in awe of the intensely bright colors. "To walk through eight rooms of glass forests of flowers, sea life, gardens, and chandeliers is a wondrous journey through a world only an innovative artist could create," crooned one TripAdvisor user.

Tickets are a bit pricey at $19 for adults and $12 for kids ages 4 to 12, but you can purchase a combo ticket and visit both the museum and the Space Needle next door for $33 for adults and $21 for kids. However if you purchased a CityPASS, you can get a discount on admission. You'll find Chihuly Garden and Glass in northwestern Seattle, a stone's throw away from Seattle's towering Space Needle. (There are several parking lots and garages nearby, or you can hop on the monorail to the Seattle Center stop.) Ideally, you should pair a trip to the museum with a visit to the Space Needle, but also consider adding a stop at the Olympic Sculpture Park to your itinerary — it's located just half a mile southwest. The museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with doors opening an hour earlier at 10 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; tickets are available until one hour prior to closing. For more information on Chihuly Garden and Glass, visit the museum's website.

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