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Seattle Art Museum

1300 1st Ave, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2003
+1 206-654-3100
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Overpriced and slim pickings. Building is new, but the collection seems mundane. No evidence of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Professor75206
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Put it on your list of "Must Seein Seattle"

I spent a leisurely morning browsing the art exhibits. Great selection to meet the varied... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
JamesUKUSA69
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SAM has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest since 1933. Visit SAM to see a museum carved into the city, as much a part of Seattle's landscape and personality as the coffee, rain, mountains, Pike Place Market, and the Space Needle. Our three distinct locations celebrate the region's position as a crossroads where east meets west, urban meets natural, local meets global. Our collections, installations, special exhibitions, and programs feature art from around the world and build bridges between cultures and centuries. ​
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1300 1st Ave, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2003
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Overpriced and slim pickings. Building is new, but the collection seems mundane. No evidence of intelligent life here.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent a leisurely morning browsing the art exhibits. Great selection to meet the varied interests of everyone. Plenty of video monitors to give you insight into the artists perspectives. Nice cafe to take a break too!

Thank JamesUKUSA69
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Haida and Tlingit pipes are amazing. Beautifully carved. They really make you think about the native culture and what the people may have been like. The museum overall had a very quiet and subdued feel unlike many other large city museums I have been...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Seattle Art Museum is a mix of the contemporary and the old, and it has some of my favorites by Pollock and Rothko, the more contemporary artists. It's a very walkable museum compared to some of the much larger museums elsewhere, and I like spending...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a rainy afternoon in Seattle and decided to check out the art museum. The art is nicely spaced with good lighting. It’s a small museum compared to say St Louis or San Francisco. We browsed at a moderate pace and did not pay...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

I enjoyed the large variety of artwork at the Seattle Art Museum, from the temporary display of contemporary African American artists to Northwestern Indigenous artists to a beautiful display of porcelain dishware. The exhibits were well laid out and had room between them so I...More

Thank SDCooks
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

I’m not a huge “art person,” particularly abstract or “modern” art, so I didn’t expect to enjoy this very much. I only went for my husband, who is actually an “art person.” That being said, I enjoyed this museum a lot more than I thought...More

1  Thank RyansBride
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Everytime we visit Seattle we go to SAM. They have a wonderful permanent selection of a variety of art pieces. They also every year have a exhibition that comes in and we will go down to Seattle just for the show. Last time it was...More

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Reviewed 8 April 2018

I visited this museum with a friend while sightseeing in Seattle. We have spent time in quite a few art museums and thought this one had a nice set-up, and while there aren't a lot of "famous" works, there is quite a diversity of art....More

Thank Katie B
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

The Seattle Art Museum is an impressive, if not world class, museum. Its strength is the diversity of its collections - Asian, Native American, African, European, Contemporary, Decorative, etc. Its weakness is the paucity of major works by world-class artists. The galleries are spacious so...More

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Coni J
10 February 2018|
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Response from Mark W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, and they have good food options for lunch.
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Classic_Creation
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Response from 313pamelak | Reviewed this property |
We only had an hour, 90 minutes would have been less of a rush. Two hours would have been too much.
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Lee M
24 March 2016|
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Response from Whitney L | Property representative |
Hi Lee: Great question! Senior rates are $17.95 for guests 62 and over and on the first Friday of each month seniors are free to our collection and special exhibitions are half price. We hope you come visit SAM soon.
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