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What’s reopening around Seattle: a guide for families

The latest: 6 branches of King County Library System.

Here’s our updated list of what is open or about to open:

MOHAI, the Museum of History and Industry, will reopen to the public on Friday, April 2, after three member-only days Saturday through Monday, March 27-29.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Timed tickets and masks are among the requirements. Full details here.


KidsQuest Children’s Museum in Bellevue is open for two-hour time slots that can be reserved online. Some days fill up fast, so make plans early if possible.

King County Library System has reopened six branches for modified in-person use, with more to come gradually. Here are the details and locations.

Bellevue Arts Museum is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (but will be closed March 5-7 for a database conversion). Time slots must be booked in advance; the museum store is open to those who have reserved a museum visit but not for walk-in customers; online sales (and curbside pickup) are available.


Museum of Flight: The facility at Boeing Field will reopen to the public March 4 after member-only days on Feb. 27-28; tickets available beginning Feb. 22.

The Seattle Great Wheel on the waterfront at Pier 57 is open. The companion attraction, Wings over Washington, is not.

Seattle Aquarium:  Reopening Feb. 9.

Seattle Art Museum: Reopening March 5 (tickets available beginning Feb. 18), just in time for the new special exhibit “Jacob Lawrence: the American Struggle.”  The museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park has remained open for walk-throughs, with its indoor pavilion closed until further notice.

The Frye Art Museum in Seattle is reopening to the public on Feb. 11. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Admission is free, but timed-entry tickets are required.

MoPoP (Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle Center). Reopening Friday, Feb. 5: Open Friday-Saturday-Sunday with COVID precautions and advance ticket-purchase required. (Psst: The Minecraft exhibit is still there!)

The Burke Museum of natural history on the UW campus is open at limited capacity and with distancing rules. We hardly got to enjoy the newly renovated Burke before the coronavirus shutdown. Here’s our reviewer’s take on what’s different now.

Chihuly Garden and Glass at Seattle Center is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 27-28). Last ticket sold 45 minutes before closing.

The Space Needle is open with limited capacity, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The Loupe Lounge (21+) is open, as is the Atmos Cafe. The website even has a whole page dedicated to explaining (with video!) the enhanced cleaning technology.

Northwest Railway Museum has announced the return of its popular train excursions in the upper Snoqualmie Valley. Train rides will resume Oct. 3, and are scheduled to continue weekends.

Woodland Park Zoo: The zoo reopened July 1; here’s how one family enjoyed the slightly changed experience. (Seasonal, slightly shorter hours begin Sept. 8.)

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium: Open to visitors with advance tickets; precautions in place. Aquariums opening March 5.

Northwest Trek Wild Animal Park: Open both for regular walking visits and for the new Wild Drive in-your-vehicle experience.

Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah: Open with advance tickets and distancing rules. Here’s what it was like when we went.



CLOSED: Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass (Tacoma), Gates Foundation Visitor Center, Seattle Children’s Museum, Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park




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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 12-year-old girl.