Friday, December 8, 2023


RV Short Stops: “Chihuly Garden and Glass” sparkles in Seattle Center

By Julianne G. Crane

Chihuly Garden and Glasshouse (

Chihuly Garden and Glass” sits in the shadow of the Space Needle in the Seattle Center. Since 2012, this long-term exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s work has featured gallery spaces, a sculpture garden and a glasshouse designed by the artist. Many of the works are in open areas and are outdoors.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum staff have committed to science-backed cleaning technologies and protocols. “We’ve made many changes to incorporate redundant layers of cleaning procedures – some you can see, some are done behind-the-scenes. What hasn’t changed is the awe-inspiring, immersive experience you’ll discover in the galleries, Glasshouse, and lush Garden.” As per the Governor’s mandate, “masks are required to be worn in all indoor and outdoor public spaces. All Team Members will be wearing masks and every ticketed Guest will receive a mask upon entry,” according to the museum’s website.

The 40-foot tall Glasshouse is the centerpiece of the project covering 4,500 square feet of light-filled space. It is the result of international glass artist Dale Chihuly’s lifelong appreciation for conservatories.

Chihuly Glass Garden (

The suspended installation in the Glasshouse is an expansive 100-foot long sculpture in a color palette of reds, oranges, yellows and amber. Made of many individual elements, “the artwork varies greatly with natural light and as the day fades into night.”

The exhibition Garden provides an opportunity for discovery and surprise. “A rich backdrop for the art, it features paths lined with trees, plants and flowers. Crimson camellias, scarlet day lilies, dogwoods, hardy fuchsias and handkerchief trees provide the setting for the Crystal and Icicle Towers.”

While exploring the eight galleries of the Exhibition, you will discover some of the inspirations and influences that inform the career of Tacoma-born Dale Chihuly.

Dale Chihuly and fellow artist working glass. (
If you go

Chihuly Garden and Glass
Located next to the Space Needle in Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: (206) 753.4940
Hours:  Open daily with limited capacity 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Admission: Regular: $32; Washington residents & Senior: $27; Youth (5-12): $19; 4 and under: free.
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Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”



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M Snead (@guest_94251)
3 years ago

My sister and I got to see this 4 yrs ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Spectacular! Just make sure that your phone/camera is fully charged before you go.

GiselleOrchid (@guest_94181)
3 years ago

I was lucky enough to be in town during a temporary Chihuly exhibit at the Arboretum in Dallas. It is a must see for all adults.

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