Dale Chihuly is the world’s most famous glass artist, and this showcase of his work is one of Seattle’s most popular attractions. Eight galleries trace the evolution of Chihuly’s style, culminating in a cathedral-like Glasshouse. Take time for a gallery talk or two between Instagram posts, and be sure to check out a glassblowing demonstration. The “garden” part of the attraction is a definite highlight. Here, Chihuly’s work augments rather than overwhelms the views.
In addition to his work as an artist, Chihuly collects all kinds of stuff, from old radios to accordions. Rather than hoard his loot at home, he shares it in the Collections Cafe here. You don’t need a ticket to eat at the cafe, though reservations are available (and probably a good idea).
Chihuly Garden and Glass is interesting, if touristy and a bit overpriced. (It’s right next to the Space Needle, and combo tickets for both attractions mean a small discount for both.) For a deeper look at Seattle’s art glass scene, check out Traver Gallery and Vetri Glass, both near the Seattle Art Museum. Or plan a day trip to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.