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“Fine Exhibits of Art That Makes You Think”
Review of Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum
Ranked #51 of 470 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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. ​
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 5 August 2014

I visited the Seattle Art Museum with my grown son. I was surprised at how the museum exhibits prompted discussion about art, its place in people's lives, and the role of the artist in society. We especially liked the exhibit of native Australian Aboriginal art - it had a simplicity and sophistication that required time to absorb. Even the exhibits that we weren't particularly fond of generated good discussions. I also liked the film exhibits. The images I saw have remained with me long after I visited. It is well worth a visit. And the gift shop has some unusual and quirky items for sale.

Thank idria50
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

The current exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum is a truly remarkable retrospective and re-examination of the influential role a few Seattle painters (notably Mark Tobey, Morris Graves) played in the 30s and 40s. Comparing their works with the early New York Abstract Expressionists (Jackson Pollock and others) is revelatory of their historic importance in American art.

The Seattle Museum is a pleasure to visit, always showing spectacular glass artists from the area (Chihuly and others from the Pilchuck School.) My yearly visit there is always full of discoveries.

Don't miss this show!
It's really worth a trip.
(well, if you love modern art, that is...)

1  Thank artcie
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

The Seattle Art Museum has excellent permanent and temporary exhibits, and I found myself spending a significant amount of time in here. I particularly enjoyed some of the Asian-themed materials. Put it on your agenda, especially if you're planning on exploring the downtown area of the city.

Thank Butler C
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

While it wasn't huge, the museum has a little bit of eveything: textiles, some furniture, many different schools of art. A highlight: northwest indigenous and contemporary art. It made for a nice visit, topped off by a visit to the cafe, which had a great ginger ice cream sandwich.

Thank dramady
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

Great space and art work. We thoroughly enjoyed a couple of hours here. Saw a special exhibit Northwest Moderns which was excellent. Can also highly recommend the in gallery resturant Taste. Delicious food and wine at very reasonable prices.

Thank Jill M
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