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Seattle Center Armory
Armory Main Level
305 Harrison Street
Seattle,WA 98109
(206) 684-7200

The stately building, newly named Seattle Center Armory, continues to serve generations of visitors -- updating its physical space and peeling back the thick Armory walls to reveal its historic roots.  The “Center of the Center” now features fresh, local foods and beverages.  Taste the new savory and sweet offerings, stay for the many cultural celebrations and take in the sights and sounds of Seattle Center on the new 60-foot outdoor deck.  The Armory (main floor) is also home to customer service and Seattle Center administrative offices. 

Seattle Center Armory History

The Seattle Field Artillery Armory, built in 1939, has stood the test of time, evolving over the many years as a community gathering place and affordable family destination.  Originaly built in 1939 as the old Armory Building. It housed the 146th Field Artillery and its half-ton tanks. The basement of the Armory still has markings from the old firing range and an unfinished swimming pool intended for the recruits. In 1941, Duke Ellington played on stage for the University of Washington's Junior Prom.

For the 1962 Worlds Fair, the Armory was reconfigured into the first vertical shopping mall, called the Food Circus. It just pre-dated Northgate Mall, which was the first indoor mall in the United States. In the early 1970’s, the Food Circus was renamed Center House after some minor renovations. In 1985, the Children's Museum moved into the first floor of the building and expanded their space in 1995, building a giant toy mountain for the newly created Kenneth and Maureen Alhadeff Exhibit Center. At the same time, Center House was renovated and reconfigured to emphasize public programming, such as signature events, free family entertainment and cultural festivals. In December 2000, the Kennedy Center designated the Center House Stage as an Imagination Celebration National Site, only the fifth location in the nation to be designated. Today, over 3,000 free public performances occur in Seattle Center Armory each year.


The Armory opens every day at 7:00AM and closes at 9:00PM Sunday through Thursday, 10:00PM Friday and Saturday, 11:30PM on New Year’s Eve. The Armory is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.


Parking is available in all Seattle Center lots.

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Contacts: Seattle Center Customer Service (206) 684-7200, TDD / TTY: 7-1-1

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Armory Main Level Event Listing
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Dia de Muertos - A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed
Festal Cultural Festival: Celebrate the arts and culture of Mexico!
Armory Main Level
11:00 AM
Dia de Muertos - A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed
Festal Cultural Festival: Celebrate the arts and culture of Mexico!
Armory Main Level

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Jenny A. Durkan, Mayor, City of Seattle
Director Robert Nellams, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109