While Seattle is known for its many and award-winning theatres, the greater Bothell and Kirkland neighborhoods also have a few performance places worth checking out. Some shows are presented by
Bothell And Kirkland Museums
Sometimes the best way to know more about the city or town that you live in is to learn about where it has come from and often the key to those mysteries (other than the internet) is by visiting your local museum. The people who volunteer there will be able to give you insights that you won’t find anywhere else. If you are new to the Bothell or Kirkland area, here are a few places you need to check out.
Bothell Historical Museum
9919 NE 180th St, Bothell, WA 98011 - (425) 486-1889
While nothing fancy, the Bothell Historical Museum consists of three buildings located within the park at Bothell Landing. Here you’ll find the Beckstrom log cabin (built in 1884), the schoolhouse (built in 1885) and main museum which is housed in the Hannan House (built in 1893). Given special attention and care, each room is filled with historic detail and contains items from the late 1800s to the 1900s.
Woodinville Heritage Museum
14121 NE 171st St, Woodinville, WA 98072 - (425) 402-0750
Established in 1975, the Woodinville Heritage Museum’s purpose is to find, preserve and store historical artifacts from the greater Woodinville area. Everything is housed within the Classic Dutch Colonial Home which was built in 1931 by John and Ellen DeYoung. The story of Woodinville is told throughout various displays within and offers free programs on the third Saturday of each month.
Kirkland Heritage Museum
203 Market St., Kirkland, Washington, WA 98033 - (425) 827-3446
The Kirkland Heritage Museum offers a great collection of photographs, slides and documents which together tell the story of the community’s history and those who were responsible in shaping it. The Oral History Project is a collection of taped interviews from members of the community that share stories from their past.
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 - (425) 519-0770
The Bellevue Arts Museum boasts of being the “Pacific Northwest’s center for the exploration of art, craft, and design.” From displays made from everyday household items to more sophisticated forms of art (including sculpture, furniture and jewelry), the museum celebrates the skill, vision and all that goes into the creative process. You’ll also find international examples sitting side-by-side other local and regional works of art.
Kirkland Arts Center
620 Market Street, Kirkland, WA 98033 - (425) 822-7161
The Kirkland Arts Center brings together innovative educational programming, contemporary exhibitions and dynamic events while caring for the building (the Peter Kirk Building) that all are housed in. The center prides itself on contributing “to the region through an exploration of the visual arts, cultivation of artistic growth, and service to a diverse community. KAC builds community through art, advocates for teaching artists, and inspires others to address challenges with creativity and visual thinking.” The gallery highlights five or six shows each year using a variety of media and diverse topics. The best part is that the gallery is free and open to the public all year round.
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