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Address: 704 Terry Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
Phone Number:
+1 206-622-9250
11:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Thu 11:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 17:00

A museum with works mainly from 19th and 20th century American artists.

A museum with works mainly from 19th and 20th century American artists.

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The Frye is a Beautiful, Free Space - Whatever the Exhibit

The Frye Art Museum opened in 1952. While some reviews complain of the "mediocrity" of the exhibitions, one really must consider that this free museum centres around a private... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
jay s
Tacoma, Washington
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Vancouver, Canada
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Has a personal feel in the exhibitions. Seeing and coming to know that someone who lived hundreds of years ago in a different part of the world as me thought the same thing and the desire to express oneself gives me and strangely restores in me a sense of connection to the world when sense of belonging is a difficult... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always bring my out of town houseguests. They have a great cafe - even serve wine there. Their sandwiches and soups are delicious. Great place to sit in a quiet area.

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Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Frye Art Museum opened in 1952. While some reviews complain of the "mediocrity" of the exhibitions, one really must consider that this free museum centres around a private collection of note cultivated by the Fryes, a prominent Seattle couple during the founding of Seattle as a city of note in the early 1900's. When I was little, the museum... More 

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Dayton OH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small museum has been able to commission works for exhibition which broaden one's understanding of contemporary art in the greater Seattle area and beyond. The present group was thoughtful, stimulating, and inspiring. We were visitors from another state, but when again visiting Seattle, this museum will be at the top of our list. The restaurant was also tops.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although I find myself in Seattle a couple of days each year, I had not visited the Frye in recent years. It's a lovely small museum, nicely laid out, with well proportioned galleries, a pleasant, sunny cafe, and a pretty reflecting pool surrounding part of the building. The permanent collection is a curiosity, but I did see some good paintings... More 

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Lakewood, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

It's free, so there's that. The exhibits are ok. Not the greatest, but again, it's free. It's a small collection, overall.

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Lancaster, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

I decided to check this place out because it was cold and raining and I wanted to be indoors for awhile...and, well, it's FREE. I understand that I can't REALLY complain since it IS free, but I will say it's pretty lackluster and a bit on the pretentious side.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Quiet, pleasant and intimate building with local and international artists. Curation is erratic, but usually excellent.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Revelatory introduction to the life and work of this Danish artist who died in 1914 after success in Denmark and in Europe. Muted colors, simple interiors, some affecting portraits of other artists, his mother, and especially his wife, Ida. This lovely museum is a perfect setting for the exhibit with its clean lines and light colors. Also, the small but... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This is a great art museum and totally free. They have exhibits that are changed about every 3-4 months. During our visit, the exhibits were all different and well placed, informative and well distributed throughout the building. Great lunch area to enjoy either before or after viewing the exhibits.

Thank Jane D

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