One of the greatest parts about living in Downtown is the availability of some the best aspects of Seattle culture. Between the Seattle museums, the restaurants, the music, the art, Cyrene Apartments is lucky to be located where we are. There’s just so much to do and so much to experience, how do you keep it straight, how do you decide which Seattle museum or which piece of Seattle Culture to soak up, and when? Variety is the spice of life, but when it comes to choosing what to do in Downtown Seattle, it can be both a blessing and a curse. But don’t worry, the folks at Cyrene are well versed in the world Seattle museums and culture, and we know exactly which exhibits you’ve got to experience and which museums are worth revisiting.

Welcome to Cyrene’s Culture tour of Downtown Seattle.

Seattle Art Museum


Sure, there are plenty of Seattle museums, but it’s tough to say if any of them truly stack up against the Seattle Art Museum, and none are as close to Cyrene as the Seattle Art Museum downtown. Technically Seattle’s largest art museum, the SAM, as it’s affectionately known, was founded in the 1930s by an Asian Art collector. These days most of the Asian collection is now featured at the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park (which is certainly worth a visit, it’s just a little further from Cyrene), while SAM features a continual rotation of special exhibitions that keep patrons returning month after month.

They’re smack dab in the middle of Jacob Lawrence’s Great Migration Series, which ends in mid-April, and Seeing Nature, which includes landscape masterworks from the Paul G Allen family collection, is set to start Feb 16th!

Aside from rotating exhibitions, the museum also features collections that date back to the Roman Empire, along with all sorts of work from artists indigenous to the NorthWest – a perfect place to experience some Seattle culture.

Olympic Sculpture Park

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Located a few blocks north of Cyrene, the Olympic Sculpture Park is an outdoor park that’s free and open to the public. Established in 2007, the park was created and is currently operated by the Seattle Art Museum. It features a total of 9 acres of outdoor space which includes an onsite museum, a small beach area, along with numerous sculptures and installations.

As a free-admission outdoor sculpture park that features both permanent and visiting installations, the Olympic Sculpture Park is a totally unique institution, not just within Seattle, but within the whole of the United States. Between the views, the accessibility, and the quality of the work featured there, it is truly one of a kind. If you’re strolling around downtown and you’d like to take in some views, fresh air, and amazing artwork, the Olympic Sculpture Park is a spot you’ll find yourself returning to over and over again.

Highlight works include:

The Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall

Originally founded in 1903, the Seattle Symphony has been resident at Benaroya Hall since 1998. Prior to Benaroya hall, the Symphony was resident at the Seattle Opera House, where it performed from 1962 until it moved to Benaroya.

Recently, under the tutelage of principal conductor Ludovic Morlot, the Seattle Symphony has received a lot of accolades and recognition as one of the greatest symphonies in the US, perhaps the world. Mortlot’s work with the Orchestra, which began in 2009, lead to the commission and premiere of John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean, which eventually went on to win the 2014 pulitzer prize for music and the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Morlot also does a lot to foster local musicians from Seattle, using his genius to bolster Seattle’s cultural environment.

Benaroya Hall, which is right around the corner from Cyrene Apartments, is certainly the place to go if you’re looking for classical music in Seattle, thanks to the Symphony, but it also welcomes all sorts of performers ranging from classical, to jazz, to pop, country and beyond. They also frequently do orchestral tributes to well-known musical acts of days gone by, which are always a treat!

Upcoming Highlights:

Chihuly Garden and Glass


Just North of the Olympic Sculpture Park, beneath the shadow of the Space Needle lies one of Seattle’s most well-attended artistic attractions: the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit. Having opened in May of 2012, the Chihuly Garden and Glass is a comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the utterly amazing work of glass-artist Dale Chihuly foremost glass work exhibition on the west coast.

Dale Chihuly, a Washington native, honed his craft in Venice during the late 60’s before returning to Washington State to open the Pilchuck Glass School. Since then, his work has been featured in over 200 museums worldwide, with Chihuly himself a recipient of many awards, including 12 honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. It’s tough to describe Chihuly as anything but an artistic genius, especially if you’ve already seen his work. If you haven’t seen his work, make sure to get to Seattle Center in order to catch a glimpse of this other-worldly style of self-expression, you won’t regret it!

The Museum of Pop Culture


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Hey, pop culture is culture too! If you’re at all familiar with Seattle Center, the Space Needle, or The Chihuly exhibit, you’re probably already familiar with the strangely shaped building that’s right near by. Within those flexing fluorescent walls lies the Museum of Pop Culture, otherwise known as MoPop, a non profit museum dedicated to – you guessed it – Pop Culture!

Originally opened in 2000 by Microsoft magnate Paul Allen, the museum has organized dozens of exhibitions, many of which have toured both within the US and Internationally. MoPop is well known for its two major branches of exhibitions: science fiction and music. The Science Fiction exhibition features work, including props and other production materials, from some of the biggest most influential Sci-Fi movies of the last few decades, and sports Steven Spielberg, Ray Bradbury, James Cameron, and George Lucas as advisory board members.

As far as the music exhibitions go, MoPop is home to the largest collections of memorabilia, including artifacts, lyrics, instruments, and original photographs from Seattle hometown heroes Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, respectively. Certainly not a piece of Seattle culture to be missed!

The only tough part about living in Downtown Seattle when it comes to experiencing Seattle culture is the tough choices you’ll have to make. Where will you go? What part of Seattle culture will you experience this weekend?

Trust us, it’s a good problem to have, and if you choose to join the community here at Cyrene, you’ll never be wanting for things to do on any given weekend, especially with all these separate cornerstones of Seattle culture right within walking distance!

If you’re interested in joining the community here at Cyrene, give us a call! With a host of fantastic amenities, amazing social spaces, and a few different cornerstones of Seattle culture right around the corner, Cyrene is the ideal location for experiencing the best of Downtown Seattle.