When my family and I were discussing options for our weekend in Seattle, my cousin mentioned the “glass museum” offhand. Suddenly it clicked for me: Seattle was home to the Chihuly museum, featuring the magnificent, colorful glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly, whose work I have long admired. Of course we had to go there, I said.
We bought tickets online (a combo deal for the museum and the Space Needle), and while it was pricey, it was well worth the cost of admission, in my book. I had seen bits of Chihuly’s work here and there (like that magnificent chandelier at London’s V&A Museum), but never before had I seen so much of it in one place. And let me tell you, it was stunning!
Inside, the pitch black rooms come alive with glowing glass – from huge standalone pieces to indoor “gardens” chock full of sculptures. And outside? A literal garden, sprinkled with even more glass. Look up, and you see the Space Needle right above. It’s seriously awesome.
The Bottom Line: I have long professed my love for colorful things – whether they be Paris’s Fondation Louis Vuitton, London’s funky Shoreditch, or Charleston’s charming streets – and Chihuly Gardens was no exception. This space is awe-inspiring. It is a must visit.