Grand openings to new entertainment venues could wow Seattle residents

Seattle residents live in one of the most recognizable cities in the United States. The towering Space Needle is an icon, celebrating the creative nature of human society seeking to reach into the great beyond. However, this symbol is far from the only unique entertainment available in the city. Between searching the MLS listings in Seattle for a new home, consider checking out new local museums and works of art.

Chihuly Garden and Glass
Located at the bottom of the Space Needle, this museum is 45,000 square feet of absolute wonder and is sure to wow more than a few Seattle residents or tourists. The project was designed by glass artist Dale Chihuly and opened May 21, 2012, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. The indoor complex houses a 100-foot-long suspended glass structure featuring vibrant outshoots of reds, oranges and yellows and was made with 1,300 pieces of Persian glass. In addition, there are numerous works located around a surrounding garden Eden.

According to Reuters, Chihuly is renowned across the globe and his works have been shown in over 200 museums worldwide. The comprehensive collection of his work is meant to honor the man and his home city - Seattle. 

Ticket prices range from $15 to $19, the news source reports. However, there will be free public days in the future. The project cost the Space Need Corp. approximately $20 million, and may be considered a smart financing move if the collection achieves the 400,000 annual visitors that the organization hopes to attract.

LeMay-American Car Museum
Located in Tacoma, Washington, the grand opening of the LeMay-America's Car Museum (ACM) is scheduled for June 2. This nine-acre campus built four-stories high is 30 minutes south of Seattle and houses one of the world’s largest auto museums.

Celebrating automotive culture, USA Today has ranked this opening as one of the top in the year, matching such events as Egypt’s Avenue of the Sphinxes in Luxor, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

"Everybody remembers their first car, family driving vacations, a sports car they fell in love with as a teenager," said ACM CEO David Madeira in a statement on the organization's website. "Personal experiences with cars are at the heart of the American experience, and we’re going to showcase more than a century of automotive lifestyle and history as well as the future of transportation."

Whether you are an automotive fan or astounded by colorful works of glass, the greater Seattle metro area offers entertainment for everyone.