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Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
(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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  • The Seattle art museum has the most outstanding fashion and historical trip through time with the YSL exhibit. The exhibit has been promoted in the New Yorker which indicates its significance. The mus...  more »
  • I never miss the Aboriginal HUGE work of leaves (on water) by Gloria Tamerr Petyarr. It is over 70 x 157" and unforgettable. I have traveled a lot to see art (even Russia) and this piece for me is one...  more »
  • The concierge at the hotel recommended the SAM, as it was free on the first Thursday of the month. There are some very good collections here, and I was fortunate to see the Yves St Laurent exhibit. Lo...  more »
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  • Came here on first thursdays. Still waited in line for a ticket but after that it was a good museum. Very diverse exhibitions. Porcelain room is neat. Not the biggest or best art museum but it is a good couple hours.
  • The exhibits on display were very interesting and kept us in the museum for a whole afternoon. The Art and Life Around the Pacific Northwest Coast exhibit was especially enlightening and enjoyable. The Big Picture: Art After 1945 exhibit was also put together quite nicely and fun to explore. An all-around lovely museum.
  • This is one of the gems of Seattle. Every time I come the exhibits are wonderful and interesting. I also love the events that they hold like SAM Remix or their day if the dead celebration. Even architecturally this is a beautiful place to visit.
  • A few pieces are spectacular! Really. The rest .... Ummmm not so much. I really enjoyed the pieces that had audio components - like the John Cage piece. And the short videos from the Whitney about artists' works. The descriptions by most of the art works were great - very helpful.
  • Regarding the SAM and the current exhibit of Yves Saint Laurent going on until 1/7/17. A wonderful collection of key pieces from this artist's collection. I do recommend sigin the collection. It's too bad the curators missed the mark when it comes to lighting and display of these works of art. What the curators miss is the art is not just in the final design of clothing, it's in the stitching, the stretch, the lay of the material. Many of the pieces are simply lit in glamor low-light museum lighting which prevents the full appreciate of the hard work and thought that went into each stitch. One room of the collection features the material influences on the artist and displays pieces of hand-beading. However, the displays are so poorly designed that even people who were in wheelchairs had a hard time appreciating the art. There is a cases with the small examples of the beaded fabric used in the pieces displayed behind them. Yet the full garment behind these examples are laid flat and out of proper viewing reach for short people and persons in wheelchairs. I was also unable to obtain information whether this museum has children-free hours. Based on their website, they do not. I would not recommend visiting this collection during times when children are present and I suggest this museum and others like it create child-free hours. The works in this collection stand out on their own. The sketches with all the color swatches truly show a focused mind in an artist that has contributed much to the world's style and culture. It just needs to be illuminated better and accessible for all to enjoy.