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Seattle Art Museum, Seattle

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.1/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web
While Pacific Northwest artists are strongly represented at Seattle Art Museum, its collections cover art from the four corners of the world, spanning from ancient history to modern times. Known to locals as SAM, the museum often hosts popular traveling exhibits. The museum's rich permanent collections include genres such as early Italian paintings. Because the museum is not too big, you can take your time to enjoy the works of art. Arrange your visit to Seattle Art Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Seattle using our Seattle vacation planner.
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  • Most of the permanent exhibits are too modern for myself and my husband's tastes. We find a lot of it bizarre. There are many high quality temporary exhibits that come to town though. The museum is ni...  read more »
  • There's something for everyone at SAM. While there are more modern art pieces, there are also cultural artifacts in their permanent exhibitions as well as more trendy exhibitions like the Yves Saint L...  read more »
  • We are members but wanted to see the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit. It was excellent, and the whole of the museum exhibits were attractive and well organized. 
  • What they're doing is cool (optional admission fee) but the layout and the exhibitions weren't very interesting at all. I didn't see the red tape in front of a piece of art and had my toe a bit over the line, and a woman was all "ma'am, please step away from the painting" in a pretty rude voice, and my friend gave me a "jeez-this-woman-has-a-stick-up-her-butt" look. which was interesting. I feel like the rest of the employees were the classic Seattle Cold Shoulder type.
  • We went to SAM for special exhibit of Kehinde Wiley "A New Republic". It was well organized, really interesting, his works were amazing. Easy access to parking and from parking, it's a same building, and even after when museum close, you can use parking(open door with your card. I bought membership (dual membership, you can add another person), so for whole year you can visit 3 locations : SAM, Asian Art Museum and Olympic Sculpture Park for free.
  • A large museum thats incredibly well maintained and in the thriving heart of Seattle. Im not a big art fan myself, but I always enjoy my visits here. The exhibits are updated frequently and the art is breathtaking. Its also not far from Pike Place Market, the waterfront, and it is within walking distance of the Seattle Library. Students get discounted tickets.
  • First we visit in every state we go are museum, it's worth every fee we pay! And was a Great experience we had and the kids. Am giving 4 instead of 5 due to the fact that the reception (ticketing booth) was not as customer friendly. Bad to say am Asian and the Asian receptionist treated me poorly as I was clarifying something. Good! My disappointment was treated by an excellent lady with an exemplary customer service in the entrance. Thumbs up to you.
  • The Sculpture Park and the Asian collection at Capital Hill might be top notch but the general collection is atrocious for a major institution. Saying they possess a handful of lesser works by 2nd tier artists is still probably too generous. Definitely not worth going out of your way to see.
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