Space Needle and Seattle Museums
This short tour includes some of Seattle's most popular tourist destinations as well as museums and historic buildings within a few blocks of the famous Space Needle.
Located at Tilikum Square, the bronze statue of Chief Seattle (the Suquamish man for whom the city is named) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by Seattle artist James A. When in 1907 and unveiled on November 13, 1912 by Chief Seattle's great-great granddaughter, Myrtle Loughery [2; 3].
Standing outside in Seattle eternally preforming is a memorial to Chris Cornell . It was donated to the Museum of Pop Culture by his widow, Vicky Cornell after its unveiling in 2018 by her and his former bandmates from Soundgarden. Cornell enjoyed an over thirty-year career and Soundgarden was the first band from Seattle to sign to a major record label, A&M Records in 1989. While Cornell was not as prominent as some of his contemporaries, it was Cornell's early influence that helped the other Seattle bands like Alice in Chains and Nirvana gain traction and adopt their own unique sound. Early on AiC was a glam metal band that resembled Motley Crue or Poison, while Nirvana maintained a punk aesthetic. While never shedding its heavy metal influence Jerry Cantrell would adopt several techniques from Cornell, mainly alternative tunings and odd time signitures. Kurt Cobain loved the earliest years of Soundgarden and before the Nevermind album they sounded similar to Cornell's work. Chris Cornell dealt with depression throughout his career and its impact on his life can be heard in his music. Many of modern rock takes its notes from Cornell's lyrics about depression, substance abuse, and the experience of living itself. He would take his own life in 2017. The statue of Cornell was made by Nick Mara, alongside with Vicky Cornell who picked through photographs of Cornell to decide on the specifics of the piece. Standing on the sidewalk beside the Museum of Pop Culture, the statue isn't on a pedestal or placed above the viewer. The plan was to make it so you could walk right up to him and "look him in the eyes".
Once known as the Experience Museum Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, the Museum of Popular Culture is now dedicated to recent popular culture, especially in the areas of music and science fiction. The museum's unique 440,000 square foot building houses numerous exhibits, interactive stations, sound sculptures and educational resources for all those interested in the worlds of science fiction and music. The nonprofit museum, which was the brain child of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, first opened its doors in 2000 and is now open seven days per week, from 10-5 in the winter and 10-7 during its summer hours.
The Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington. It is a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and a symbol for the city of Seattle. It was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 Worlds Fair, which drew over 2.3 million visitors. Nearly 20,000 people used its elevators a day during the 1962 World's Fair. The Space Needle was once the tallest Structure west of the Mississippi River, at 605 feet high. It was built to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour, and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude. The structure also has 25 lightning rods which protect it in the event of a lightning strike. On May 19, 2007 the Space Needle welcomed its 45 millionth visitor. The guest received a free trip for two to Paris, and included a VIP dinner at the Eiffel Tower. Every year on New Year's Eve, the Space Needle celebrates with a fireworks show at midnight that is synchronized to music. In April of 2012, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration, the Space Needle was painted Galaxy Gold which was the same color used when it was constructed for the 1962 World's Fair.
Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibition at the Seattle Center was established in 2012. Featuring the works of Washington State artist Dale Chihuly, the LEED-certified installation consists of a garden, central Glasshouse, and eight galleries next door to the Space Needle. The Chihuly Garden offers art education and events through partnerships with the Pratt Fine Arts Center, Pilchuck Glass School, ArtsFund, and Seattle Public Schools. Events include live music, yoga, tours, lectures, dinners, and theatrical performances .
Originally part of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, the Pacific Science Center opened as the United States Science Pavilion, and is now a City of Seattle Landmark run by a private non-profit organization. Permanent exhibits range from toddler-age play areas to interactive exhibits on health and life sciences, Earth and environmental sciences, and physics and engineering. The museum also features special exhibits such as the Art of the Brick Lego exhibit and the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, as well as a wide array of programs and special events .
KeyArena is a sports venue that broke ground in 1960 in Seattle, Washington and was later opened two years later in 1962. It houses the WNBA's Seattle Storm, the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds and the NCAA's Seattle University Redhawks. However is it most notable for formerly being the home to the defunct Seattle SuperSonics of the NBA. There were three different periods of time when the team played at KeyArena (1967-1978, 1985-1994, 1995-2008). They moved out the first two times to play in two different arenas that were better renovated at the time. The team was moved to Oklahoma City after the 2008 season, and the move was seen as controversial by many of the SuperSonics faithful.
Completed in 1965, the Queen Anne Post Office and Regional Headquarters was resoundingly larger than all other postal buildings, in both amount of stories and total square footage, to be built in the western states at the time.
Located a block away from Seattle Center, the Pacific Northwest Ballet is one of the city’s most prized attractions. PNB has been ranked as a top professional ballet school in the United States. It has the highest per-capita attendance in the U.S. with 11,000 subscribers in 2004, and it has over one hundred performances annually that non-locals travel to see. The program offers ages eight and up the opportunity to dance at its renowned institution. While it is now a leading company, it did not start that way. It took over two decades before PNB became a household name.