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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  • We visited SAM in June and when we went to purchase tickets we were told that Military was free starting after Memorial Day. Everyone was so pleasant and helpful. We loved the layout and the way the m...  more »
  • The statue of Jonathan Borovsky is hammering at the frontdoor. The collection contains a good impression of native American art. Special extra is the contemporary Australian aboriginal art. At least t...  more »
  • I'm not a huge museum fan, but holy cow this place was awesome. I'm also not an art aficionado, but there is enough range and pieces to keep even me interested for hours. My teenage daughters were rea...  more »
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  • Nice collection of art and sculpture with a really fun gift shop! Just a few blocks from the ferry and easy to walk to. Free on the first Thursday of the month but every other day there is an admission fee. Some special exhibits cost extra as well. Friendly staff and a very nice cafe too! Definitely stop by and spend a couple of hours here!
  • SAM is a unique and diverse are space that holds long standing and new exhibitions from native American, a room full of beautiful old ceramics, post modern, pop culture and the very now. It has a great shop and cafe restaurant. If you are visiting Seattle this space and other close by galleries are well worth a visit. I am Steven from UK, I lived in Edinburgh for 15 years before moving to Seattle. I have lived across the world and love art and design. I also li e the art of emotional intelligence. Steven
  • They didn't allow bags larger than a purse and I had to check even a small camera bag. Coat and bag check was free but it was a minor inconvenience. Only one exhibit was under renovation. The rest of the exhibits were amazing. The place is large and is divided into several sections. The museum has elevators and escalators to facilitate getting around. There is a parking garage that is directly connected to the museum and is just an elevator ride to the entrance. Definitely need several hours to appreciate the whole museum
  • Great museum. Huge! There's a lot of unique things to see. We came here on free first Thursday. You have to go to the ticket counter and get a ticket even if it's free. It was a little crowded. Time flies when you're in here. We spent around 3 hours in the museum. And that's without seeing the special exhibits. Restrooms were clean. There are water fountains near the restrooms if you get thirsty - I believe drinks are not allowed.
  • Great museum with a great variety of art but I specially enjoyed the Northwest coast artist featured in the museum, beautiful amazing pieces. We were there on one of their DJ nights and had a great time, friendly staff. If you are in Seattle and enjoy art it is then a must see in your schedule.
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