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Volunteer Park Conservatory

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Neighbourhood: Broadway / Capitol Hill
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Address: 1402 E. Galer, Seattle, WA 98112
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+1 206-322-4112

Five houses on the conservatory represent five distinct environments, from...

Five houses on the conservatory represent five distinct environments, from jungle to desert. Theres also a Cactus House, a Fern House and a Bromeliad House.

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Orchids and Bromeliads

A charming, large and lovely conservatory with an orchid collection of cultivars donated almost a century ago. Beautiful collections, very much worth a visit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Baltimore, Maryland
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A charming, large and lovely conservatory with an orchid collection of cultivars donated almost a century ago. Beautiful collections, very much worth a visit.

Thank Ellen_M_Baltimore
Kirkland, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First time to visit and we were impressed. Beautiful and very historic. Was "made" in New York and shipped to Seattle to assemble. It's like stepping back in time for the building. The plants were lovely and we all loved the cactus room, as we called it. Our 13 yr old & two 10's (twins) thought it was a very... More 

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Burbank, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We chose to go here because we were avoiding the crowds we had already experienced at other attractions. This conservatory may only take a half hour to look at, but it's nice, inspiring and the conservatory itself is beautiful. It's inside a very nice, huge park with also houses the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the Water Tower with great views... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

The conservatory was gorgeous with orchids and Holiday decorations. The train was running and the engineers were on hand. A pleasant and peaceful diversion after a visit to the Asian Art museum.

Thank swimmer's_mom
Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

This beautiful 1912 Victorian glass conservatory on the grounds of Volunteer Park is one of my favorite places in Seattle. Always light-filled and always something new and spectacular to see since the exhibit in the middle building (it's a complex of several) changes about six times per year. Love the carnivorous plants & cacti in all their glory. Don't forget... More 

Thank RMSseattle
Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

The building is old-style and adds an overall warm charm to your visit. The displays are top-notch and carefully presented. If you love flowers, plants and touring Conservatories then this is a must see. Also Volunteer Park, where it is situated, is a beautiful spot and very nice to walk through. I enjoyed the statue to Secretary of State Seward... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

We love plants and taking pictures...it was a cool day so the heat was nice anyway. The cacti were fantastic and very photogenic. Worth the small cost to support this wonderful gem...in a great park.

Thank Ryan C
San Antonio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

The conservatory is locate on the grounds of a beautiful park, and it houses a beautiful collection of orchids and other tropical plants, as well as seasonal blooms. The Cacti and Succulents display is the best I've ever seen, for number of different types. Each type is labeled. That is very rare, and fabulous for botany and photography enthusiasts! There... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This small conservatory has the finest indoor cactus collection I’ve ever seen. The plants were from a large variety of families and well identified. A specially treat was the number that were in bloom. The conservatory has 5 rooms. Each room is independently climate controlled. so in a short time you can go from the desert to the topics. The... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Absolutely gorgeous. The conservatory hosts an impressive collection, and the surrounding park is just magnificent. Take a walk and feel yourself unwind. Truly a spot of beauty.

Thank mwinslow58

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