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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. Arrange your visit to Seattle Art Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Seattle using our Seattle vacation planner.
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  • We have been to many museums across the world and it was the first time we were ever so disappointed.. A newer museum, there were Limited collections available of older American and European Artists. ...  more »
  • Well organized and impressive art collection. We went for a specific exhibit and it was a great experience  more »
  • First was not scheduled for a visit to this museum but stumbled today that there was an exhibition of Yoyoi Kusama with Infinity Mirrors, unknown to us: only in recent days had read about this event. Intrigued walked solo X Kusama but were totally booked; We chose to visit anyway. Offers styles and different periods but has an exceptional collection of African, Japanese and native.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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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