Museum Week NW is here! May 16 – 23

© 2014 Museum of History and Industry, Boat races on the fountain, Photo by 4Culture;
© 2014 Museum of History and Industry, Boat races on the fountain, Photo by 4Culture

Museum Week Northwest

More than 55 regional museums are participating in Museum Week Northwest, a celebration of museums in our region to coincide with the American Alliance of Museums Conference. The AAM is the largest annual gathering of museum professionals in the world, with over 10,000 attending from over 50 countries. Museum Week Northwest celebrates the diversity, quality, and innovations of local collections with special admission offers and a range of events and presentations. It’s a great opportunity for those of us who live here to discover the museums in our community. Participating museums are located from Bremerton to Snoqualmie and Bellingham to Olympia, so take a field trip or two that week.

For the past year, 4Culture has been offering stories about the King County Public Art Collection and Destination Heritage on the STQRY app for smartphones. Pronounced ‘story’ and using QR codes as visual prompts, the STQRY app is free and available on iPhones, Android, and Windows phones. STQRY translates information into the language of the phone (more than 60 languages), helping make museums, public art and heritage sites even more accessible. We are thrilled that STQRY will be the official mobile guide for Museum Week Northwest, and delighted to have Downtown Seattle public art walking tours featuring artworks from the City of Seattle and King County’s collections available in time for Museum Week Northwest.

The Museum Week Northwest website has 2-for-1 ticket offers, a list of participating museums and events and a link to the AAM conference. A tip of the cap to Visit Seattle for putting together the site. If you’re planning a stay in Seattle during Museum Week Northwest check out the Visit Seattle website for additional resources.

Learn about and download STQRY here. Then, with STQRY as your guide, discover and explore the remarkable museums in your own back yard. 

Do you tweet? Join the conversation with hashtag #mwnw14.