Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle

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Chihuly Garden and Glass features a comprehensive exhibit showcasing the work of Dale Chihuly, a renowned American glass sculptor and entrepreneur. Despite the considerable technical difficulties of working with blown glass, Chihuly uses it as a primary medium for large installations and environmental artwork, some of which you can see at this gallery. The artist's complex and colorful glass sculptures fill the eight-room greenhouse. Stop by the adjacent garden to see a blend of nature and more blown-glass creations. Use our Seattle road trip planning site to visit Chihuly Garden and Glass on your trip to Seattle, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Fantastic museum and displays! Definitely worth the money and time (approximately 2 hours) when you are in Seattle. This was one of our favorite activities on our trip. It is such a beautiful... 
    Fantastic museum and displays! Definitely worth the money and time (approximately 2 hours) when you are in Seattle. This was one of our favorite activities on our trip. It is such a beautiful...  more »
  • Definitely worth the time and money to visit this place! Make sure you purchase your ticket well in advance and make sure the gardens are not closing early for a special event. 
    Definitely worth the time and money to visit this place! Make sure you purchase your ticket well in advance and make sure the gardens are not closing early for a special event.  more »
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  • Second time going here, and I was underwhelmed. They didn't seem to have any new exhibits, in fact, it appeared they swapped out an amazing big display of glass items with a similar sized, but less dense display of items in one of the main rooms. To be fair, there are some incredible works of art made of glass all over the place, and Chihuly and company did an incredible job creating them, however there just aren't enough rooms and things to do to stay entertained beyond an hour. They have someone outdoors in their patio making glass, however while we were there, the man explained that he was trying to make a stegosaurus, and was still learning, so he failed once, then made a horse reasonably well. Then he said he was going to make a jellyfish, but failed at it, and without even letting everyone in the audience know, he just stopped, threw it away, and seemed to start putting the rods away, without explaining what he was doing. My kids enjoyed watching, but I felt that the person who is going to be making glass could do a better job explaining what he or she it doing, so that at least the audience can learn something, not just watch someone put rods away or mess up making glass and not explain what happened. They have a nice store with many items. Some heavily overpriced. My wife bought my daughter a 5"x7" sketchbook with a pretty cover that was $17.95. Something I would say was worth $10 at best. Other items in the store were not so expensive for what they were. I recommend going once, especially as a combination with going up to the top of the Space Needle, but this is definitely not a great museum for kids. You would be better off going to a science museum, aquarium or zoo for the kiddos.
  • It's easy to bypass this incredible museum when you are visiting Seattle and going to the famous Space Needle. But plan to spend an hour or more at this museum. I could have wandered through it all day. The glass exhibits are so colorful and gorgeous. Pieces are unique and whimsical. I had not read much about it, and was so surprised at how spectacular it was. The museum has many large indoor rooms, and the garden is unbelievable. You really have to see it.There is also a Cafe (check out the decor even if you don't eat there.) and a lovely gift shop. Highly recommended!

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