Econo Lodge Near Bellevue Square
4710 Lake Washington Blvd,NE
Renton, WA 98056
Phone: (425) 228-2858
Fax: (425) 228-3055
Arts & Museums
Explore the history of flight from the Wright Brothers to space travel. Collections at Museum of Flight include commercial, military and civilian crafts. See a 1929 Boeing 80A-1, the sole survivor of its type. The 1926 Swallow was used as the nation's first contracted airmail service starting in April 1926. For those interested in more modern aircraft, there are the dynamic M-21 Blackbird, the fastest and highest-flying aircraft ever built, and the VC-137B Air Force One, which flew President Dwight D. Eisenhower on a historic visit to meet with Germany's Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in 1959. Take a walk through the “Red Barn,” a museum in its own right, where the Boeing Company manufactured its first aircraft. There is also a library with an extensive selection of aviation information, as well as a museum store and a cafe on the premises.
A combination art gallery and antique furniture shop, this is a unique gem hidden on the Eastside. Representing 5,000 years of history and tradition, journey through the Imperial Dynasties of Japan, China, Korea, Myanmar, Cambodia, Tibet, Thailand and Nepal. From historical treasures to accents, Ming's offers a collection of unique antiques, fine furniture, mineral carvings, porcelains, snuff bottles, paintings, textiles, Peking glass, jade and so much more. Appraisals and design services are offered. Cultural exhibitions, lectures and symposiums are presented throughout the calendar year.
This art museum specializes in the work of Northwest artists but also explores national and international influences on local art. The museum's facility, designed by architect Stephen Holl, has 5800 square feet of gallery space on three floors, plus an art school, studio space for visiting artists and the interactive Explore Gallery. The museum offers lectures and classes regularly.
Fantagraphics bookstore and Gallery is nestled in the famous Seattle neighborhood of Georgetown. It has a brightly lit interior and packs everything from books, graphic novels, posters other merchandise. A browser friendly store, it even has a room for out of print and discounted books. Located close to a variety of eateries and coffee shops, one is bound to spend an enjoyable few hours browsing here.The store also hosts monthly art exhibitions, along with screenings, readings, music and other performances.
This is a place that is very difficult to define and categorize. Artists, who have different areas of specialization, all come together here and share their creativity. Housed in an industrial building dating back to the World War II era, this is a place where visitors can freely interact with the artists, who range from blacksmiths to photographers. This is more of an artistic community than a studio, one which encourages people to come and experience art first-hand. Do make an appointment with either the founder, Samuel Farrazaino, or with the specific artist you wish to meet, before dropping by.
The African American community has a pronounced presence in the US. Their history and culture is documented and preserved at the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM). Situated in the heart of Seattle, this museum opened its doors to the public in 2008, and has generated wide interest among history & culture researchers and enthusiasts all alike. The museum is sprawled across 17,000 square feet and exhibits the works of eminent African American artists. A five-panel series chronicles the life and times of George Washington Bush, the first African American in the city. Besides its exciting museum pieces, NAAM also houses a beautiful gift shop filled with collectibles. Refresh yourself at the on-site cafe, after taking a round of the museum. NAAM is worth a visit!
Fright Gallery in Seattle is the place to go if you are an art-lover. The gallery is a venue for a lot of art exhibitions and is booked throughout the year. It offers a high quality of service and is one of the topmost art galleries in this city. Another major attraction of the gallery is its 42 haunted rooms covering more than 15,000 sq. ft. The spine-chilling spooky atmosphere is sure to make you scream your guts out. The gallery hosts Halloween events that is complemented by the theme of the place.
Once upon a time, this art gallery was what it appears to be, an an adobe gas station and garage. Now it trades on the winsome irony of a purely technical building devoted to art. The small interior space can only show a few paintings at a time. But the large parking lot, covered in gravel and sparkling blue glass bits from Dale Chihuly's studio, is the real attraction. Enormous metal and wood sculptures fill this lovely plain-air museum. The gallery also offers framing and classes.
This former railway station called the Issaquah Depot is was a passenger station in the early times. The current Issaquah Depot is a museum that offers the best experience at it's visit. The tour for the kids is fun and enjoyable as it exhibits several, pictures, activities, puzzles and questions to keep the interactive session going. Copies of the guide are available too. The museum is open on weekends, and additional hours are added on during summers.
The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience Asian-American is located in an old hotel which was actually a refuge center for migrants arriving from the Asian Pacific regions into America to make a new life. Carefully preserved real exhibits and simulations allow visitors to actually feel what these migrants did centuries ago when first arriving in a strange land. Book readings, family days, film screenings, panel discussions and lunar celebrations are just a few events held regularly here. Check website for details.
Located in Seattle's International District, this museum depicts the story of the Asian-American experience in America through historic photographs, artwork and text. Come and learn the history of the people who traveled from Asia to the United States, the problems they faced, the contributions they made and more. The museum store sells such treasures as photographs, video documentaries and books on Japanese-American culture.
Featuring pinball machines dating back 70 years to modern incarnations, Seattle Pinball Museum is all about this fun game! With the price of admission you can view all of the interesting pinball machines, and better yet, you can play pinball! Seattle Pinball Museum is an interesting hybrid of an arcade and museum, where you can learn about the machines by reading the plaques beside the games as well as play all of the machines. Try beating the high score of the vintage 1966 Loop the Loop machine or try mastering the 2011 Rolling Stones machine. If you pay a little more then the admission price you can get an all day pass.