Since its early logging days, Bothell has harbored an eclectic arts scene. Starting with woodcarvers making their marks on everything from statues to totem poles and hand-carved banisters, the mentality of “recreating nature” still survives today. Here’s a few of the best galleries and museums in Bothell, along with some pretty impressive “living history” collections from the original settlement.
Bothell Historical Museum
History literally stands upright in the Park at Bothell Landing, which runs along the Sammamish River, originally called Squak Slough. This gently flowing strip of water, once used to float logs and coal barges between Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington, now serves as a backdrop to the Bothell Historical Museum.
The museum is actually a collection of original town buildings, allowing you to literally walk through history. The one-room schoolhouse has period-specific desks and school supplies as well as a late Victorian-era typewriter, cash register and mechanical coin bank. Stop by Hannan House to see antiques, period décor and children’s rooms complete with old-fashioned toys.
Antique American Indian Art
Rare and collectible American Indian art is exactly what you get at this aptly named museum/gallery curated by Matt Woods. The art and artifacts come from the 19th and 20th centuries and include Pueblo pottery, Navajo rugs, Hopi kachina dolls and Indian jewelry. Some special pieces are a four-color Acoma parrot pot and a Washoe digikup basket created by renowned artist Tootsie Dick.
The nonprofit Museum of Special Art (MOSA), located inside Country Village, highlights art made by both children and adults with disabilities. Drop in for the special exhibitions such as “Imagination,” which runs through most of October 2017. You’ll be supporting all kinds of things, such as internships, arts education, work opportunities and Open Studio sessions for budding artists. Check the rotating schedule for special events.
Heritage Gallery and Scout 829
Country Village on Bothell Everett Highway is a work of art in its own right, with an enormous spotted chicken and various quirky sculptures popping up out of nowhere. It’s also home to several notable arts venues. Heritage Gallery offers works by local artists, as well as art lessons for all ages at Arts Umbrella. Scout 829 sits within an old caboose in the middle of the village, stuffed full with pottery, paintings, fiber art, textiles and folk art.
Tsuga Fine Art
If you like an all-in art experience, stroll down historic Main Street for an evening at Tsuga. You can purchase art and frames during the day, but the place really comes alive after normal business hours, with exhibit openings, live music and art lectures. For a special treat, pop in on the second Saturday of every month for poetry readings by national and Seattle-area poets.
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