Seattle is not known as a winter destination, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be. On top of lower hotel rates, green evergreens thriving in the winter rain, and plenty of fun events that take place, Seattle’s downtown hotel scene participates in the annual Seattle Museum Month each February. If you have any interest in museums at all, Seattle Museum Month is an amazing deal with half-price admission off almost of all of the region’s museums for anyone staying in any of about 60 downtown hotels.
“Wintertime and museums make for good partners, because no matter the weather, there will always be something interesting and engaging to enjoy inside the walls of these 40-plus organizations,” said Tracey Wickersham, Director of Cultural Tourism at Visit Seattle. “We have an extraordinary collection of unique museums in Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region, offering fun and unique ways to explore art, history, and culture. Museum Month makes it possible to experience them while enjoying 50 percent off admission, or in some cases, free admission.
February is now a perfect time to visit Seattle.”
How the Deal Works
Seattle Museum Month centers on a hotel stay at one of about 60 downtown Seattle-area hotels. When guests check in, they’ll get a packet with a map and list of which museums are participating and a guest pass. Take the pass to your museum or museums of choice to get half off admission. The pass is good for up to four people.
While Seattle Museum Month is definitely aimed at travelers, there’s no reason locals can’t jump on the deal as well, but a stay at a participating hotel is required. If there’s more than one museum you’ve been wanting to visit, this deal can be pretty sweet.
Participating Museums and Hotels
For a full list of participating hotels and museums, visit the website. Highlights include some of the area’s very best museums, like Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle Art Museum and Lemay - America’s Car Museum in Tacoma. Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo also joins in the fun and offers half-off admission with the pass, which is perfect for families.
Hotels include both the ritzy and the mid-range. On the ritzier end, try Seattle’s only waterfront hotel—the Edgewater—or others like the Four Seasons or Fairmont Olympic. More affordable hotels include Travelodge and Best Western. Many of the hotels are located right downtown, but not all. If you prefer not to stay downtown, there are also some options in Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, South Lake Union and near the stadiums.
Other Winter Events
Seattle and neighboring cities really do have something to offer in February, especially on nice days. Some years have even been warm enough to bring out flowers in February!
Events include happenings at the participating museums, such as guest glassblowers at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma or special exhibits at Seattle Art Museum. But there are also plenty of other events if you want to take a break from museums. February tends to bring some special concerts and shows for Valentine’s Day, as well as the usual variety of events, plus special happenings like Monkeyshines in Tacoma.