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Seattle Art Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
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This is a "must" when we visit Seattle. Membership is a great buy. New lobby overhead sculpture... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Peacock in the Desert

Peacock in the Desert was excellent! I loved the array of objects, from animal regalia, to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Pamela L
Pullman, Washington
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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...more
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1300 1st Ave, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2003
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here on a Free First Thursday with my family. I thought it was OK. My kids didn’t mind walking through it. I’m not an art lover, but I know it’s hard to rate an art museum because there is so much subjectivity. I’ve...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a "must" when we visit Seattle. Membership is a great buy. New lobby overhead sculpture appears to be a red cedar; fabulous. I never "got" the car bodies hanging there with lights sticking out. This visit included hours spent with blockbuster exhibit of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Peacock in the Desert was excellent! I loved the array of objects, from animal regalia, to miniature gouache paintings, tents, and clothing. The display was well done. Thank you, SAM.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Pamela L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm not the most cultured person you'll know but i did enjoy my visit to this museum cause of their interesting exhibitions. The building and the main sculpture at the entrance itself is enticing and I loved the asian art exhibition the most

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 13 December 2018 via mobile

Bought myself a membership as I am hoping to be back several times next year when I visit our daughter. VERY special exhibition at the moment which has never previously left Jodhpur, India. The exhibit is a rare look into the politics, culture, religion and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 9 December 2018

Enjoyed a special exhibit called Peacock in the Desert. Very interesting about Jodhpurs Indian Art. Showed how they lived their lives and how they dressed, traveled and celebrated. We also had the opportunity to see the African masks on display and the life sized people....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 December 2018

I saw the Picasso exhibit here and was so happy with the experience. I look forward to going back to SAM again. We had to wait in line for about 4 hours to buy our tickets, but it was fun and we'd take turns running...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Shelbytravelsfar
Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile

Peacock in the Desert is the special exhibit on display and comes from the royal arts of Jodhpurs, India. The exhibit is over on January 21, 2019. Amazing rich monumental paintings , jewelry, arms and armor, furnishings which show the rich traditions of the time.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 December 2018

Join the throngs who rate SAM excellent. Yes, the full admission price is high. However, the exhibits span all of human history, so there is a niche for everyone. A few truly famous/ recognizable works. Particularly strong on modern art: both non-representational and representational. Strong,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 December 2018

I specifically wanted to visit this museum called the SAM while in Seattle for business because of the unfair and unfounded one-star review found on this site. I had time to have a light lunch in the cafe near a window facing First Ave great...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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4 October 2018|
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Response from smbl8447 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t remember seeing a coffee shop.
25 June 2018|
Response from db7477 | Reviewed this property |
SAM is about midway between the Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square. It’s about a 15 minute (walk) or a $5 Uber.
9 February 2018|
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Response from Mark W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, and they have good food options for lunch.