Plastics Unwrapped expands upon the prescient sentiment of Mr. McGuire in The Graduate: plastics. Unwrapped acknowledges that this prevalent and troublingly useful substance is thoroughly integrated into every aspect of our lives, and asks us—through works presented in a variety of mediums—to make thoughtful choices. $10.
James Turrell’s “skyspace” Light Reign is the only thing that’s really on always-and-forever display at the Henry. It’s an outdoor room that lives like a barnacle on the side of the museum, with an opening in the ceiling so that you can sit and watch the sky go by. The experience is mind bogglingly more fascinating than you’d think, which is why Turrell has “skyspaces” all over the world. The Henry’s is furniturey, ringed with wooden bench seating. $10 suggested.
Artful Reproductions: The permanent collection is full of treasures to be discovered for a first time or rediscovered anew. The wall of diminutive snuffboxes—each one delicately painted with a scene that draws you into its tiny alternate reality—is in itself enough to warrant multiple visits. $7 suggested.
Permanent collections in African, Asian, Native American, early American, European, modernism, decorative arts, and contemporary arts. $15 suggested.
The title Memories and Meditations: A Retrospective of Michael Kenna's Photography provides a decent indication of the serenity that's come to be expected in Kenna's pristine visions. $10.
The newest museum in the Northwest is a nine-acre campus with a four-story facility housing gleaming displays of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, from a red-and-cream 1906 Cadillac Model M buggy to the leafy, no-door custom sedan used in the 1994 movie The Flintstones. $14.
A promenade of rooms, an outdoor garden, and a café chronicling Dale Chihuly’s series and packages over the years. It’s not the definitive Chihuly experience, despite the sales pitch, but there are highlights, like the café, where the artist reveals himself as a master hoarder, and the Macchia Forest. $19.