I’ve spent the entire last week penning museum copy for a city in which I don’t live, and while that’s pretty par for the course in my line of work, it reminded me of how much I really don’t enjoy traditional museums. But wacky, out-of-the-box museums like Chihuly Garden and Glass? For those, I am willing to change my tune.
I’m heading back to Seattle next month and am very excited as I had such a blast on my last trip in November with the Microsoft team. Aside from giving us an in-depth look at the Microsoft campus, they also gave us a pretty thorough tour of the city itself, for which I was grateful as I’ve only been to Seattle on four quick visits in the past, none of them long enough to get a real taste of the city.
Many of you are probably already familiar with Washington-born glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. He has permanent collections in more than 25 U.S. states, as well as exhibits in Europe, the Middle East and Canada. But his eponymous Seattle museum showcases some of his best creations.
His work is truly remarkable—the centerpiece being the 40-foot tall, glass and steel structure covering 4,500 square feet of light-filled space in the Glasshouse—and spans eight galleries. I was particularly fond of the Chandeliers series below.
Plus, it’s whimsical. If I’m going to opt to go to a museum, I want to make sure it’s full of fun, color and whimsy. Chihuly hits all three of those notes.
Plus, it’s borderline child-like. How much does this make you feel like Ariel, floating along in an underwater landscape? I don’t know about you but I’ve always wanted to channel a Disney princess, and the Mille Fiori—Italian for “a thousand flowers,” a throwback to Chihuly’s time in Florence on a Fulbright scholarship—made me feel just that.
The small hallway that included bits of blown glass trapped in the Persian Ceiling exhibit, giving the space a rainbow glow, might have been my favorite.
But the museum doesn’t end with the interior. The gardens that overlook the Space Needle right next door are equally as gorgeous.
We ended our time in the museum with lunch in Collections Cafe. Traditionally, museum cafes do not tend to have the best food (in my opinion), but wow, this meal blew me away.