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Washington State Library


Frye Art Museum
Frye Art Museum

Washington State Library, at Olympia, is the oldest library in Washington. It was founded as the territorial library in 1853. Public libraries were opened at Tacoma, Seattle, and Spokane in the 1890s, and almost every community in the state is now provided with library service. Major libraries in Washington include the University of Washington library, which has a collection of materials on the history of the Pacific Northwest that is the largest of any public institution in the country; the Washington State University library, at Pullman; and the Washington State Law Library, at Olympia.

Museums


Many of the state’s important museums are in Seattle, including the Seattle Art Museum, which has collections of African and Northwest Native American art as well as European and American art, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum, which has a world-famous collection of Asian art and a large collection of regional art.

Also in Seattle are the Frye Art Museum, which has exhibits of European and American representational painting, and the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery/Faye G. Allen Center for the Visual Arts, whose shows change regularly. Other noted museums in Seattle are the Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum, which has exhibits concerning Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest, the Nordic Heritage Museum, the Wing Luke Asian Museum, and the Experience Music Project. Tacoma has the Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass. In Olympia is the Washington State Capitol Museum.

Other collections of state and regional memorabilia are housed in the Eastern Washington State Historical Society/Cheney Cowles Museum, in Spokane, and the Washington State History Museum, in Tacoma. Fine scientific and technology exhibits are at the Pacific Science Center, the former U. S. science pavilion of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair; the Museum of Flight; and the Museum of History and Industry, all in Seattle.

The Seattle Symphony


The Seattle Symphony was formed in 1903 and enjoys a national reputation. Other large cities have their own symphony orchestras, and Seattle has a professional opera company. The city is also home to the Pacific Northwest Ballet, an internationally recognized ballet company known for its innovative interpretations of ballet standards. The University of Washington School of Drama has been long known for the quality of its performances. Larger cities maintain theater groups. The Seattle Repertory Theatre has earned a national reputation. "Washington" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia.

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