The Henry Art Gallery
University of Washington campus
15th Avenue NE and NE 41st
The Henry Art Gallery Entrance Plaza with Skylights
The Henry Art Gallery is an enjoyable museum that focuses on its strength--contemporary art. The Henry was founded in 1927 as Seattle's first art museum. Over the years, it has built up its permanent collection to 19,000 objects. The Henry features over 46,000 square feet of lovely exhibition space.
One permanent installation is a must see. "Skyspace" by James Turrell is distinctive architecturally and artistically. It is a pod attached to the main museum that features an oval-shaped room with an oval-shaped skylight. The room is designed for meditation. If you can catch a quiet moment in the room, enjoy the stillness and beauty of the light that bathes the room. The exterior of the pod certainly resembles an alien spacecraft.
For lovers of architecture and landscaping, the distinctive recent addition to the Henry designed by Charles Gwathmey added some interesting touches. The pyramidal and cubic skylights and the "Skyspace" pod make the entrance plaza quite attractive.
The Henry is one of those museums that make for an easy visit. You can enjoy its exhibitions and have a nice coffee break in an hour or so. Check out its web site to see the exhibitions that are currently being shown. If they interest you, it is worth a visit. On my recent visit, the Henry had an enjoyable exhibit titled "The Digital Eye" that featured a wide range of photographic art with digital cameras.
I would suggest that you plan a visit to the Henry to coincide with an outing to see the lovely University of Washington campus. An excursion combining a tour of the campus, the Henry, and the Burke Museum of Natural History would make for a pleasant adventure.
The Pyramidal Skylights in the Entry Plaza to the Museum
Molly's Cafe is a nice sandwich shop that serves light fare and Stumphouse Coffee. The shop has ample indoor seating. In pleasant weather, you can also dine outside in a courtyard.
The "Skyspace" Structure and the Outdoor Courtyard
Photography is allowed in the museum. You cannot use flash or tripods. Photography restrictions may be noted for certain exhibits. No photography is allowed in the "Skyspace" exhibit .
David Herbert's "Mystery of the Holy Mountain" on Exhibit in the special two story exhibition space
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday
11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday
The Henry is closed on Monday and Tuesday
Please click here to go to the museum's web site to see current admission charges.
The Gallery's web site indicates that there is occasional parking available in the Underground Visitor's Parking Garage located north of the Henry.
METRO BUS SERVICE
The King County Metro bus system offers several routes to the UW campus.
MUSEUM WEB SITE
Please click here to go to the Henry's web site