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“Not my favorite art museum”

Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM)
Ranked #4 of 38 things to do in Bellevue
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Owner description: Opens in the Spring of 2005.
Bellevue, Washington, United States
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12 reviews
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“Not my favorite art museum”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

The building was designed to look modern and snazzzzzy -- and the grand arcade does. Alas, it doesn't work very well as a place to show art. Access to the upper floors is by a *very* slow elevator or a *very* long flight of stairs. The gallery spaces are ok, especially on the top floor. Some of their shows since re-opening with a focus on craft have been pretty interesting but the average isn't to my taste.

Visited July 2013
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seattle
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“not great art”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

I never see anybody going in there. Like most everything in Bellevue, it has a nice facade, with no substance inside.

Visited June 2013
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Bellevue, Washington
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“Small but interesting”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

I really don't go too often to the modern museum. If modern art is you thing, go check it out. It is a smaller museum and across the street from the Mall. I like to go when they have the art fair which was just this past weekend

Visited July 2013
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Auburn, AL, United States
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Decent Museum”
Reviewed 19 May 2013

The exhibits were not large, but were very interesting. Not a bad way to spend $10 and a lazy afternoon.

Visited May 2013
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Seattle
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107 reviews
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“Fun & Eclectic Exhibits”
Reviewed 10 April 2013

We love BAM for their remarkable building, designed by award-winning architect and Northwest native Steven Hull. BAM's always thought-provoking craft and design exhibits compel us to visit regularly.
Think again if you believe all they do with money in Bellevue is earn it and spend it. BAM's current "Love Me Tender" exhibit of amazingly creative artworks made from coins and currency will make you reflect on how we spend and what we value (through May 26.)
Italian design, whether in architecture, automobiles, fashion or typewriters, has long been revered as trendsetting and stylish. BAM's "Zoom" exhibit (on through June 16), displays, in photographs and artifacts, the memorable and the whimsical in 20th Century Italian design.
Whether or not you are a lover of cats or Japanese cat iconography, you will find BAM's exhibit of 150 "maneki neko" good luck cats delightful (through Aug. 4.)
Parking is easily available under the museum or in the surfeit of adjacent shopping malls. Take advantage of free admission and family activities on the First Friday of each month (open until 8 pm.)

Visited April 2013
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