Chihuly Garden and Glass is an exhibit that features the most popular inspirations of glass artist Dale Chihuly. It highlights Chihuly’s existing, new and archival artwork. This exhibit was opened in 2012 at the Seattle Center (former site of the Fun Forest). It comprises of 3 drawing walls, 8 galleries, a garden, a glasshouse, a 90-seat cafe, gift shop and a 50-seat multi-use theater.
As you stroll through the ever-changing garden, the galleries, and the signature Glasshouse you will be astounded by the Chihuly’s innovations and passion. The glass displays are designed to mimic the animals, pattern, and flowers that inspired Chihuly. The interior galleries are arranged in a way that illuminates the major facets of his artistic journey from the early experiments to the massive chandeliers that has spread all over the world. Inside the Glasshouse is one of Chihuly’s largest suspended sculptures, a 100-foot long sculpture. The Glasshouse is surrounded by a garden with many of Chihuly’s pieces sprouting despite the sparkling painting. The beautiful garden bridges the larger Seattle Center and the cloistered glass center around it. It also has tranquil spots for visitors to rest.
All guests are treated with complimentary digital downloads as well as access to daily Spotlight Talks. You will also have a chance to learn the design process through the various walls with sketches of what will eventually become real glass. Indeed, this is one of the best exhibits you can find around. It is open all days of the year except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day or when there is a special event going on in the center.