America's Best Small-Town Museums
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island, WA
Opened in June 2013 in the waterfront town of Bainbridge Island, BIMA is just a five-minute walk from the ferry terminal that brings passengers across Puget Sound from Seattle. But BIMA’s curators aren’t concerned with any big-city competition. They’ve honed in with a laser-like focus on contemporary fine arts and crafts from a very small radius: the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas and the Western Puget Sound region. It’s all on view in a dazzling glass building that reflects the region’s eco-friendly spirit. With its rooftop garden, recycled-denim insulation, solar panels, geothermal wells, and sustainable tigerwood siding, BIMA is on track to become the first LEED Gold–certified museum in the state—and among the first in the nation. Free; biartmuseum.org.