Starting in the 1970s, the City of Seattle commissioned artists to design custom manhole covers and sewer caps for the utility companies. There are currently over 100 "art" covers scattered throughout the city.
We spent a lot of time hunting and researching the fantastic industrial design in Seattle. You will see many designs of century-old covers. Tour guides also provide background information on the original artists and the covers themselves.
The cost of the tour is $15 per person which helps pay our guides and fund further research.
If you can't make one one of our scheduled dates, we offer private tours for groups of 4 or more.
The tour runs about 60-90 minutes depending on the size of the group and how much you want to see. The tour can be shortened if your schedule is tight. It ends in the heart of Pioneer Square a few blocks from the starting point.
This is a casual stroll through mostly flat streets, and we will take breaks along the way. We recommend comfy shoes, a camera, and an umbrella (weather dependent).
This is Seattle. We do the tour in the rain unless there is severe weather. In that case, we will contact you as soon as possible with alternatve dates.
We understand schedules change and will do our best to accommodate cancellations or changes. Send us a note!
If you want to see Seattle like never before, are interested in art or industrial design, like overlooked objects, and meeting new people... then YES!