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Seattle Art Museum

1300 1st Ave, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2003
+1 206-654-3100
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SAM has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest since 1933. Visit SAM to see a museum carved into the city, as much a part of Seattle's landscape and personality as the coffee, rain, mountains, Pike Place Market, and the Space Needle. Our three distinct locations celebrate the region's position as a crossroads where east meets west, urban meets natural, local meets global. Our collections, installations, special exhibitions, and programs feature art from around the world and build bridges between cultures and centuries. ​
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1300 1st Ave, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2003
+1 206-654-3100
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Reviewed yesterday

SAM is not the largest museum but it has a fabulous location walking distance from many hotels and Pike Market. I just missed the Kusama exhibit (sad) and the Wyeth exhibit was being installed. We admired their permanent collections (lots of interesting American Indian art...More

Thank Sharon D
Reviewed 3 days ago

Sorry we missed Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors but we thoroughly enjoyed the abstract art of Sam Gilliam. The very large porcelain collection is exquisite and not to be missed. African and Native Art of the Americas are most interesting and informative. There is also an...More

Thank Maryann L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We traveled all the way from New Hampshire to see Yayoi Kusama and want to thank you for making it easy for us to get tickets, after a horrible experience with the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C., where we traveled to see the exhibit but...More

Thank dontforget2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in to see him his museum. The First Nation and African mask collections were worth the stop. I was dazzled by the European porcelain room, well done and the mirrors/lighting are awesome. Go!

Thank Joe W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Starting October 1st, this show will move to the Dallas Museum of Art. I was fortunate to go with a member during a Sunday night open call. If there were a downside of the evening exhibit, it is that the rest of the museum is...More

Thank MarkStephenSouder
Reviewed 1 week ago

My sister and I were very excited to visit SAM. We made our donation and made our way up to the third floor. We enjoyed the Greek vases, and the African masks but we had a feeling that we were being followed. We started to...More

Thank Jessica F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told that the special exhibition by the Chinese artist was very heavily booked and sure enough there was a large queue. As we hadn't visited this gallery before we decided to view the main permanent galleries. We were not disappointed with the quality...More

Thank rondonel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They have a lot of beautiful pieces at this museum. I am a lover of monet and impressionists. They have a Monet and a Matisse. It was well worth the donation. The parking is an issue but worth the park and walk.

Thank Kimmyjonc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have to be fair in my comments, and here's why: Consider that it's Seattle, representation of North West Native art is good. But I've seen bigger and more variety in Vancouver BC. In terms of international art, it falls short because I've being to...More

Thank Alvin C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I came for the Yahoi Kasuma exhibit. We found the staff to be very friendly, helpful, and organized in managing the hundreds of people waiting to get in. Of course the exhibit was amazing but there is a lot to the regular...More

Thank kris-goes-places
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16 April 2016|
Response from 313pamelak | Reviewed this property |
We only had an hour, 90 minutes would have been less of a rush. Two hours would have been too much.
Lee M
25 March 2016|
Response from Whitney L | Property representative |
Hi Lee: Great question! Senior rates are $17.95 for guests 62 and over and on the first Friday of each month seniors are free to our collection and special exhibitions are half price. We hope you come visit SAM soon.