Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Art Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
In the heart of downtown, one block from Pike Place Market, this welcoming museum invites you to learn, discover, and seek beauty every day. Visitors can wander three floors of art, including installations drawn from the museum's global collection, a dynamic array of contemporary art, and rotating exhibitions from around the world. Seattle Art Museum is one of SAM's three locations to explore including the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park and the Olympic Sculpture Park, a free-to-all, nine-acre park on the waterfront with monumental sculptures and breathtaking views of the Space Needle, Olympic Mountains, and Puget Sound.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
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  • University St • 2 min walk
  • Westlake Hub • 7 min walk
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  • ECWorld
    Hong Kong, China2,791 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good balance and well curated
    Nothing earth shaking but overall nice exhibits which are well curated, and a good balance of contemporary vs classical exhibits. Thematic approach makes it easier to understand and relate to the exhibits. Particularly enjoyed the exhibition on Africa masks. Admission fee a bit stiff but that's typical for Seattle museums.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Emily H
    Marysville, Washington40 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth Visiting if you Appreciate Fine Art
    This museum is awesome, but you will bored if you are not the type of person who really appreciates fine art. There are a few out of the box pieces, some awesome tribal art, and a whole lot of older paintings that are what I would call basic fine art. I would not bring a child under age 10 here unless they were able to conform to the thoughtful and observant crowds enjoying the art. I would say most kids will be bored here. The main thing I do not like about this place is that it is extremely difficult to find parking and often times very expensive, this is because of the location.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Helmut
    Kirkland, Washington5,315 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice to visit once
    The permanent exhibit is a bit all over the place and, frankly, I did not bother to really look at everything. The Hokusai exhibit was superb. I love Japanese wood block prints and seeing the originals was really a highlight. As others have stated, it is an "okay" museum. But definitely worth going once or when something nice comes to town.
    Visited October 2023
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Angie
    Grand Cayman52 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice for a last day activity.
    My boyfriend and I went here on our final day in Seattle and it was a pleasant experience. We are no experts of fine art, but the exhibits were varied, interesting and taught you a bit about different cultures and time periods if you take the time to view and read the descriptions. We spent about 1.5 hours and overall would recommend, but I can see it not being for everyone. There was a screaming exhibit that was a bit distracting at times, especially when we were taking all the art in.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 November 2023
  • MdTravelerX2
    Silver Spring, Maryland542 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding
    We spent a delightful two hours touring the SAM’s collections. It’s a beautiful museum, the collections are nicely organized and flow one to another. We particularly enjoyed the art by indigenous artists, including fabric arts and mixed media. The Calder exhibit defies description. The collection includes many pieces from earlier an ancient time periods.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 November 2023
  • Alan P
    Le Gosier, Guadeloupe68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent gallery in downtown Seattle
    A welcoming art gallery and museum with exhibits very old and very new, with plenty in between. It seems the British Museum wasn't the only institution to take ancient artifacts into safe keeping. Excellent gallery of American art, old and new. Lots of modern art too, some not my taste, but there you go. Lots more to see.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 March 2024
  • knhdah
    Beaverton, Oregon166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So amazing, but wear comfy shoes!
    This was one of the things we specifically wanted to see during our recent 3 day trip to Seattle. Tickets were $3 cheaper if you bought them ahead of time, but it was still $29.99 for an adult, and $19.99 for a student. They did have some discount tickets, like the City pass and reciprocal memberships, so it's worth looking into those. They currently have exhibits on the 3rd & 4th floors, and there's so much to see. My favorite was the Calder in Motion, which was on the 3rd floor. However, I think I would have started on the 4th floor as there was more traditional art -- 3rd floor was mostly contemporary and modern art. They also have a cafe, gift shop and free coat check, so you don't have to carry around a bulky coat or backpack. Just wish we'd had more time...
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 March 2024
  • Zitatravel
    London, United Kingdom820 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprised a excellent collection
    I was surprised in how great this museum was. The collection while small still took me 2 hours to wander through. The presentation of the collections was very modern . Check out the porcelain room. Small collections of Roman, Greek and Egyptian . A whole room with a video and great collection of Australian Aboriginal Art. A very vibrant well presented art collection. Well worth the visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 April 2024
  • kiterunner55
    Portland, Oregon34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Northwest native art a highlight
    Good display of Northwest Native American artifacts and art. Lots of African masks. Quite a bit of modern art featuring a couple of artists whose names I don't recall. Overall a very worthwhile visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 April 2024
  • Seasoned travellers
    Jersey, United Kingdom127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting museum with plenty of variety
    Wow 😮, several floors jam packed with artifacts, paintings, Porcelain and contemporary art. Expect to spend 2-3 hours exploring. We would not describe ourselves as art lovers but we really enjoyed the variety of items on display. Around $30 per person But FREE on the first Thursday of the month 👍
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 May 2024
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Seasoned travellers
Jersey, UK127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Wow 😮, several floors jam packed with artifacts, paintings, Porcelain and contemporary art. Expect to spend 2-3 hours exploring. We would not describe ourselves as art lovers but we really enjoyed the variety of items on display. Around $30 per person But FREE on the first Thursday of the month 👍
Written 3 May 2024
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kiterunner55
Portland, OR34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Good display of Northwest Native American artifacts and art. Lots of African masks. Quite a bit of modern art featuring a couple of artists whose names I don't recall. Overall a very worthwhile visit.
Written 24 April 2024
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Zitatravel
London, UK820 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I was surprised in how great this museum was. The collection while small still took me 2 hours to wander through. The presentation of the collections was very modern . Check out the porcelain room. Small collections of Roman, Greek and Egyptian . A whole room with a video and great collection of Australian Aboriginal Art. A very vibrant well presented art collection. Well worth the visit.
Written 24 April 2024
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knhdah
Beaverton, OR166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was one of the things we specifically wanted to see during our recent 3 day trip to Seattle. Tickets were $3 cheaper if you bought them ahead of time, but it was still $29.99 for an adult, and $19.99 for a student. They did have some discount tickets, like the City pass and reciprocal memberships, so it's worth looking into those.

They currently have exhibits on the 3rd & 4th floors, and there's so much to see. My favorite was the Calder in Motion, which was on the 3rd floor. However, I think I would have started on the 4th floor as there was more traditional art -- 3rd floor was mostly contemporary and modern art.

They also have a cafe, gift shop and free coat check, so you don't have to carry around a bulky coat or backpack. Just wish we'd had more time...
Written 29 March 2024
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Alan P
Le Gosier, Guadeloupe68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
A welcoming art gallery and museum with exhibits very old and very new, with plenty in between. It seems the British Museum wasn't the only institution to take ancient artifacts into safe keeping. Excellent gallery of American art, old and new. Lots of modern art too, some not my taste, but there you go. Lots more to see.
Written 21 March 2024
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davechri
Melbourne, FL197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The Seattle Art Museum surprised me. There are many more exhibits than I originally thought. We went in on a rainy day and really enjoyed our time there.
Written 31 December 2023
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John C
Vancouver Island, Canada460 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Highly recommend this as a must see in Seattle.
Great collections, well laid out and easy to get around.
Written 7 December 2023
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Renee002
Hollister, CA279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We loved the Hokusai show. The way his work was hung with his contemporaries' work and a couple of his predecessors as well helps us understand more about his world and his individuality. The examples of his influence on global artists of later generations was interesting too. This exhibit, on loan from Boston Fine Arts runs through January.
We also loved the "empathy" exhibit. This exhibit of ritual masks and artifacts shows how collections of objects in groups can be curated help respect and appreciate other through including a diorama to show how they are used by people in their communities: "the pot of foolishness" helps people learn to laugh about themselves, share anxieties etc. The DIY Masai bridal jewelry is not just collected because of its attractiveness, but curated by a Masai intern, who groups them and explains how Masai women have a "makers" tradition using traditional colors and shapes to show respect for a bride .
"How We Carry Our Story" is a challenging exhibit contrasting points of view of diffrent generations and cultures. For example, a portrait of a respected elderly white doctor by Thomas Eakins is hung next to a portrait of a young black man by Kehinde Wiley. I was sorry we didn't have more time to stay longer!
We found the parking garage adjacent to the museum convenient (opens onto the lobby) but the parking kiosk required multiple tries before it accepted our payment.
Written 30 November 2023
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MdTravelerX2
Silver Spring, MD542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We spent a delightful two hours touring the SAM’s collections. It’s a beautiful museum, the collections are nicely organized and flow one to another. We particularly enjoyed the art by indigenous artists, including fabric arts and mixed media. The Calder exhibit defies description. The collection includes many pieces from earlier an ancient time periods.
Written 27 November 2023
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Gardengel-IoW
West Sussex, UK889 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Hokusai exhibition very good but is not just his work, more about his influences and includes works by others in his style
Very large building with works vastly spread out, some interesting works
Written 14 November 2023
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