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Seattle, Washington

Kurt Cobain's Benches

A sliver of nostalgia in Seattle's Viretta Park. 

A very peaceful, quiet spot in Viretta Park located next to Kurt Cobain’s former house offers an unofficial memorial to the late Nirvana frontman.

The two original benches in Viretta Park, located near the house where Cobain died, were sold at auction in 2014, but their replacements have garnered the same attention from fans. They’re decorated with flowers, letters, names, lyrics, poems, and objects left by fans who have visited the place. Nostalgia surrounds the area, and it’s believed that Cobain used to sit there to write lyrics and spend some alone time.

Locals gather at the bench every year on April 8, the anniversary of Cobain’s death, and some have tried to get the park’s name changed to honor the musician.

Regardless of the park’s name though, the benches, surrounded by tall trees and green grass, provide good spots to sit and drink pennyroyal tea, and enjoy all the pretty songs in your headphones. 

Know Before You Go

Uber is recommended for transportation near the park.