Seattle Art Museum, Seattle

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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. Using our world travel planner, Seattle attractions like Seattle Art Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • October 2, 2017
    I enjoyed both the almost bigger than life contemporary art as well as some of the Alaskan and Native American art. It is alight and pleasant building. Equally impressive as I now look back at the pho...  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    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 adm...  more »
  • September 22, 2017
    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...  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    Great selection of work and beautiful building. Plenty of great places to eat around too. I would recommend taking public trans to get down there. Parking is not an issue if you are willing to spend the $$ at the garage. The Museum is also near the market and the perfect place to get some quiet away from the market/downtown hustle.
  • June 24, 2017
    Great small art museum that you can get through in one go. Admission is optional--you can make a suggested donation of any amount for a ticket. The exhibits change regularly so there's always something new to see and they have a great permanent exhibition about northwest and Australian native art.
  • April 8, 2017
    The SAM is always a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or evening. It isn't the largest museum ever, but they do have quite a broad collection that would interest anyone who visits. Everything from ancient Aztec and Roman artifacts, to impressionist and modern/abstract paintings are set out to take you through a journey of historical events. They even offer tour guides to show you around and give you deeper insight into the artists/era/piece specifically. Fun fact: the first Thursday of the month is free admission!
  • July 9, 2017
    This museum was really cool! The first Thursday of the month general admission is free! We happened to get lucky and go on that day. There are all different types of pieces here. We wanted to go see the infinity mirrors special exhibit that they have going on now, but it was sold out. So that was a bummer! Book ahead of time if you want to see this.
  • April 14, 2017
    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" which is fine, except she said it in a really 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.

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