Cultural Gems to Explore in and around Lynnwood

Get ready to dive into the vibrant cultural scene in Lynnwood! Whether you're a history buff, an art enthusiast, or just looking for some good old-fashioned fun, we've got you covered with our top 10 picks for cultural gems in and around town. From captivating museum tours to lively outdoor concerts, there's something for everyone to enjoy. To help you get started, we’ve assembled this list of 10 of the best cultural gems in and around Lynnwood.

Public Art

Art is EVERYWHERE in Lynnwood! Both permanent and temporary art installations can be found directly on city streets. They’re enjoyable to discover naturally while you’re out and about enjoying the city, but you can also plan your own self-guided tour using this map. A great place to start is with “Love Your New Neighbor” by artist BK Choi, whose family moved to Lynnwood from Seoul in 1991. You can find the sculpture (perfect for fun photo opportunities!) outside the Lynnwood Event Center.

While out and about in the city, you’ll also notice that multiple traffic signal boxes have been artfully upgraded! These boxes tell Lynnwood’s story through the ages. When you pass one, take a minute to explore its details.

Lynndale Park Amphitheater

Built in 1969, the Lynndale Park Amphitheater has been home to numerous art, theater, and community events. The most popular draw is Lynnwood’s annual Shakespeare in the Park performances each summer. Put on by professional companies such as Wooden O and Green Stage, Shakespeare in the Park is (free) fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket and snacks, and rain or shine, get lost in one of the bard’s masterpieces.

Historic Heritage Park

Stop by Heritage Park and get to know the history of Lynnwood! The park is home to rescued structures dating from the city’s earliest days as Alderwood Manor, renovated and repurposed for community use.

Explore the Wickers Building, the city’s first general store and post office, now home to multiple museums and art gallery space. The Superintendent’s Cottage is one of the few surviving structures from the Puget Mill Company’s Demonstration Farm, and is now home to the Lynnwood-Alderwood Manor Heritage Association & Museum.

Interurban Car #55 is a lovingly restored electric rail car that provided commuter service between Seattle and Everett via Alderwood Manor from 1910-1939, which visitors can explore at open houses on the first Saturday of each month in the summer.

Explore these structures and more at Heritage Park!

Northwest Veterans Museum at Heritage Park

Located in the Wickers Building at Heritage Park, the Northwest Veterans Museum aims to honor the legacy of military veterans by educating the public about the sacrifices made by the men and women who served in all branches of the military.

Art at Lynnwood Event Center

Home to numerous events throughout the year, the Lynnwood Event Center also features two themed exhibits of local artists’ work each year, hung throughout both floors of the center. The exhibits are free to view Monday-Friday from 9 am-4 pm, and on evenings & weekends when the building is open for events. You can also explore the permanent art installations located in and around the building.

Each installation also includes a free Meet the Artists Reception where the public is invited to participate in a fun evening of art, live music, house-made appetizers, and mingling with the artists themselves.

Check out their newest installation!

Black Box Theater

Located on the Edmonds College campus, the Black Box Theatre is an event space used to enhance arts, culture, and civic engagement at the college and across  Snohomish County. The theatre is an intimate venue for local performing arts (including Edmonds College plays and musicals), concerts, improv comedy, and more. And if you’re putting on an event while in Lynnwood, this unique space is available for rent!

Hibulb Cultural Center

Located in nearby Tulalip, the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve is approximately 23,000 square feet with a 50-acre natural history preserve. The interactive cultural center features a permanent main exhibit, a temporary exhibit, two classrooms, a longhouse, a research library, and gift shop. The center was the first Tribal facility certified by the state of Washington and aims to revive, restore, protect, interpret, collect, and enhance the history, traditional cultural values, and spiritual beliefs of the Tulalip people.

Visit to explore the rich indigenous history of the area, learn about the Tulalip people via recorded stories from their gifted storytellers, and understand their legacy from pre-colonial settlement through today.

Imagine Children’s Museum

At the Imagine Children’s Museum, children are encouraged to interact with the exhibits and activities. Perfect for families with children of all ages, the museum is all about learning via play. It’s a place to role-play, experiment, splash, think, wander, and create—together.

The museum also features several camps and special programs, including age-specific events, pay-what-you-can Community Access Nights, and more. No matter what your child is interested in—art, culture, science, and more—this is the place for them to explore it all, hands-on.

Cascadia Art Museum

Located on the waterfront in nearby Edmonds, the Cascadia Art Museum celebrates the visual arts and design of the Northwest from 1860-1970. The museum aims to advance the work of women, minority, and other artists who made substantial contributions to the cultural identity of the region during this period.

With a permanent collection devoted to the rich cultural history of Northwest art, and constantly rotating exhibits, there is always something new to explore here.

The museum also offers a number of events, including Music and Movies at the Museum, family workshops, art auctions, yoga in the museum, and more!

Edmonds Center for the Arts

If you’re looking for music, dance, comedy, or theater performances, look no further than downtown Edmonds! The Edmonds Center for the Arts features legendary artists alongside genre-defying performers from around the world in a lovingly restored historic 700-seat jewel-box theater. It’s an intimate space with excellent acoustics, allowing you to fully enjoy your event.

These are just a few of the cultural gems in and around Lynnwood. The area is awash with arts, culture and history, so there’s something new to discover around almost every corner. Plus, don’t forget about our events calendar. We’re always updating it with new concerts, plays, shows and more, so you’re sure to find something to interest you!