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Seattle Art Museum

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Address: 1300 1st Ave, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2003
Phone Number:
+1 206-654-3100
10:00 - 17:00
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Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

SAM has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific...

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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You can't miss the place I really like the outdoor sculpture park. Calder is amazing! This is a Seattle gem not to be missed.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Radnor, Pennsylvania
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Radnor, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You can't miss the place I really like the outdoor sculpture park. Calder is amazing! This is a Seattle gem not to be missed.

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Paul Allen exhibit of Landscapes was absolutely outstanding. He selected an amazing range of paintings from a 400 year range from the 1500's. There were many paintings of Venice from different artist's vantage points and styles. For a collection that Paul Allen started in 1995, it was incredible and he has great taste in art. Then, the Seattle Art... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Seattle Art Museum's older collections are well worth an admission ticket. My problem is with some of the newer installations in particular the contemporary gallery on the second floor. SAM has chosen a sculpture of a giant rat as centerpiece of this large contemporary gallery. Rotten. I am grateful for the Kress Collection of European Renaissance paintings and I love... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visit art museums regularly and we enjoyed the Seattle version. We were attracted by the Paul Allen special exhibit and toured that area first. After touring most of the museum, I was a bit confused. While looking at the Allen display, I commented that because of the variety of art in this exhibit, my sense of order while viewing... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The art museum in Seattle, although relatively new to the Northwest, has the possibility of showing truly interesting work. It is never a waste of time to spend at least an hour perusing whatever it is that they have to exhibit. There are extraordinary African pieces, modern American work, and a variety of other things to see.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is situated close to Pike Place Market in a purpose built building opened in 1991. The exterior is marked by the huge "Hammering Man" sculpture. The main galleries are on the third and fourth floors, but additionally the main atrium offers a great exhibition space which is at present occupied by the John Grade "Middle... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were surprised by the extent of the collection. Some very impressive pieces by lesser know artists. Really enjoyed the Alutian and the Tinglet collection. We definitely need to go back!

Thank Suzanne B
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My last visit was in December 2016 to see the "YSL Exhibit" which was a landmark showcase for Seattle. Other memorable exhibits have included the "Gates of Paradise" (the bronze doors by Ghiberti), "Indigenous Beauty" (North American Indian artifacts) and "City Dwellers" (contemporary art from India). The featured galleries are spacious and well laid out, and I always stop at... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It did not cost us a lot, because this place doesn't have settled price for tickets for some exhibition , you have to contribute a donation, any amount you consider to be reasonable. You can find little bit of everything there.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I know the exhibits change, but it was my first visit. And I feel bad for giving my hometown Art Museum just an average rating...but it was, just average. Art is in the eye of the beholder, and this beholder just didn't see enough to be wowed or even impressed. So to each his own! I will try back in... More 

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