Rachel the Pig at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, has restaurants galore on top of so many specialty food, meat, and produce shops that it would be so easy to pig out there. But one of the must-see tourist attractions at the market is actually a pig! Stop by Rachel the Pig at Pike Place Market while you’re doing sightseeing or shopping in the area and get ready to go hog wild!

Rachel the Pig at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

A 550-pound bronze cast piggy bank sits under the “Public Market Center” sign and clock in the Market. The Pike Place pig statue, named Rachel, has served as an unofficial mascot of Pike Place since 1986.

Rachel the Pig at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

Rachel (also known as the Market Foundation Piggy Bank, Rachael the Pig, or Rachel the Piggy Bank) was sculpted by Washington artist Georgia Gerber, who also created the dog at Husky Stadium and the gorillas and baboons at Woodland Park Zoo.

The sculpture was modeled after a real 750-pound pig named Rachel, who won the 1985 Island County Fair.

Rachel the Pig at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

Besides being a mascot and photo op for Seattle tourists, this life-size swine is also a real piggy bank that collects money for the Market Foundation to fund the Market’s social services. Each year she collects between $6,000 and $9,000 in currencies from around the world. Overall, she has fundraised over $200,000 for worthy causes!

This Seattle pig even inspired additional fundraising in 2001 and 2007 at the Market’s centennial celebration Pigs on Parade fundraiser.

Love Rachel? You’re not alone! The Pike Place Market pig was so popular, she got company in 2011. Billie the Piggy Bank (a similar looking pig who is posed sitting down) was installed in 2011 on Western at the Hillclimb Walk.

Rachel the Pig at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington
The Market Foundation Piggy Bank makes wishes come true. Your donation supports the Pike Market Clinic, Senior Center, Child Care Center and Downtown Food Bank. The Market Foundation, on behalf of the people of the Market neighborhood, thanks you. Bank emptied each day.

Rachel the Pig at Pike Place Market

Location: 86 Pike Place, Seattle, WA
Hours: Pike Place/1st Avenue level: Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm, Sunday, 11am to 5pm / DownUnder stores: Monday through Sunday, 11am to 5pm
Costs: Free admission
Date: June 30, 2009


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Photos of Rachel the Pig, a giant bronze piggy bank at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. The attraction collects money for the Market Foundation. A fun place to stop for photography while on a Seattle vacation or Washington road trip across the Pacific Northwest. See this weird roadside attraction in Seattle.

VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!