Capitol Hill & First Hill attractions

Museum in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Seattle Asian Art Museum

In stately Volunteer Park, this outpost of the Seattle Art Museum houses the extensive art collection of Dr Richard Fuller, who donated this late art deco gallery (a fine example of Streamline Moderne architecture) …
Park in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Volunteer Park

Seattle's most manicured park sits atop Capitol Hill and is named for US volunteers in the 1898 Spanish-American War. While wandering among its leafy glades, check out the glass-sided Victorian conservatory, filled …
Museum in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Frye Art Museum

This small museum on First Hill preserves the collection of Charles and Emma Frye. The Fryes collected more than 1000 paintings, mostly 19th- and early 20th-century European and American pieces, and a few Alaskan an…
Monument in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Jimi Hendrix Statue

Psychedelic guitar genius of the late 1960s and Seattle’s favorite son, Jimi Hendrix is captured sunk to his knees in eternal rock-star pose in this bronze sculpture by local artist Daryl Smith, created in 1997 and …
Landmark in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Water Tower Observation Deck

It's practically obligatory to climb the 107 steep steps to the top of the 75ft water tower in Volunteer Park. Built in 1907, it provides wonderful vistas of the Space Needle, Elliott Bay and – should it be in the m…
Library in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Gay City Library

This library was set up in 2009 by Gay City, a community organization, and has already collected 6000 volumes on LGBTIQ+ topics. There are regular readings, meditation classes, a lesbian book club and free HIV testi…
Historic Building in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Sorrento Hotel

This grand working hotel located on First Hill is a fine example of Italian Renaissance architecture. Built in 1909 by a Seattle clothing merchant, the Sorrento was one of the first hotels designed to absorb the cro…
Church in Capitol Hill & First Hill

St James Cathedral

Seattle's beautiful Italian Renaissance–style Catholic cathedral was built in 1907. The original dome collapsed in 1916, the victim of a rare Seattle snowstorm, but the two impressive towers remain. Inside, the alta…
Gallery in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Roq La Rue

This gallery has secured its reputation by taking risks: the work on view skates along the edge of urban pop-culture. Since opening in 1998, the gallery, which is owned and curated by Kirsten Anderson, has been a si…
Park in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Cal Anderson Park

Cal Anderson Park is the active heart of Capitol Hill, where you’re sure to bump into locals playing ultimate frisbee, bike polo or soccer as you stroll the paved paths that crisscross the grounds. Pack a picnic and…