Art at its Heart – Top 5 Culture Picks in Downtown Bellevue

Whether you’re an art aficionado, a history buff, or just looking for a little culture, downtown Bellevue, Washington is the perfect place to learn more about the region’s rich heritage and history. With our convenient shuttle from Red Lion Bellevue straight into downtown, you’ll have easy access to the best attractions. Of course, sightseeing’s always better when you’re guided by a local, so here’s our top 5 can’t-miss picks.

Bellevue Arts Museum

510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004,, (425) 519-0770

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A leading center for the exploration of art, craft, and design, Bellevue Arts Museum celebrates the talent and vision of today’s most skilled local and international artisans. Started from an art fair in 1947, BAM has grown into one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading institutions and still holds its annual ARTSfair every summer. Stop by for unique, handmade craft, fine art and food. BAM also offers year-round talks, workshops, tours and symposiums.

The Theater at Meydenbauer Center

11100 NE 6th St., Bellevue, WA 98004, (425) 637-1020

Immerse yourself in world-class theater, dance and cultural happenings at The Meydenbauer Center. With a calendar that includes the Bellevue’s Jazz Festival and performances by the Youth Symphony Orchestra, there’s bound to be       a show that steals your heart.

Eastside Heritage Center

11660 Main Street, Bellevue, WA, (425) 450-1049

One for the history buffs, The Eastside Heritage Center preserves the past as it connects people with their heritage. Maintaining and preserving the largest collection of artifacts, photos, and archival material related to East King County   is no mean feat, but these guys ensure that the area’s rich history is brought to life with exhibits, books, and educational programs. Be sure to check the website for opening hours!

Early Bellevue Walking Tour


For more hands-on history, take the self-guided Early Bellevue Walking Tour. Featuring 24 historical sites, going from NE 8th Street to Meydenbauer Beach Park, you’ll travel through the past to see how Bellevue has changed and    stayed the same through the years. After the 2-3 hour tour, stop for a picnic in Downtown Park, or for chillier days head to the delicious Lot No. 3 for comfort food and cocktails.

Download the tour map here.

Downtown ArtMap

Downtown Bellevue is roughly 1 square mile, laid out as a grid and super easy to navigate. With that in mind, pick a dry day and take yourself on a tour of nearly 130 works of public art displayed throughout. You can collect the ArtMap    at Bellevue’s City Hall and the information kiosk at Meydenbauer Center, or download it now.