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Seattle Art Museum

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Address: 1300 1st Avenue, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2902
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+1 206-654-3100
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Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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SAM has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific...

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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Fine art museum!

A really lovely museum walking distance from Pike Place Market. Check for free days, too! If you only have 2 hours, you can still get through a lot, and check for free admission... read more

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Monrovia, California
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Monrovia, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A really lovely museum walking distance from Pike Place Market. Check for free days, too! If you only have 2 hours, you can still get through a lot, and check for free admission days, too!

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Camas, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

As someone who appreciates art museums of all styles and sizes, I really enjoyed the eclectic mix of artists and collections at the SAM. The African Art exhibit was exceptional and the Porcelain Room was fascinating. I would return to this museum and would recommend it to others.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a fabulous Art Museum. Well laid out and exhibits are simply stunning. Art from around the world is exhibited and staff are very helpful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The building was appropriate and nice. Great location within a couple of blocks of Pike Place. The art was well-curated and displayed. Lots of important work by important artists through the ages.

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The new exhibit, Seeing Nature, Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen family collection, opened today to enthusiastic crowds (and I'm sure reviews). SAM knows how to attract these awesome exhibits regularly and this one knocks it out of the ballpark. Of course Paul Allen is a Seattle native, which makes it all the more special. If half of the... More 

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Hazel Dell, Wa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

SAM is always changing up their displays and everytime I decide to stop to see the new exhibits, Im very happy I did. Our museum is loaded with known works, but SAM is fresh and engaging, humorous and very interesting. Ive never been bored.

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Sammamish, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum have a several interesting arts from few donors. They a doing great job to keep it a place to visit ones a year, or if the temporary exposures is interesting for you. I do not recommend for tourists. The food is delicious in the "taste" inside of the building

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Denver
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has always attracted me as a tourists for its special exhibitions, I don't think I would go just to go as I don't think the collection is that strong. However I would also go for their special events. The last time I was in town, they had a very well attended jazz program...people attended just for the performance.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My understanding is that on certain days of the week/month throughout Seattle, many of the Art Museums offer free entry to their exhibits. I went with a friend on one of the free evenings and we enjoyed several hours of observing art and walking through the exhibits. They had a wide range of styles, eras, and cultures on display. Overall... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this museum on a Sunday, and it was busy. We waited for 15min. to buy tickets. The museum has a variety of donated pieces of art and historical artifacts, but it's all very random. The Jacob Lawrence migration series was interesting and eye opening. My husband enjoyed seeing the few bits of Egyptian artifacts. This is a museum... More 

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