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“Free is Good”
Review of Frye Art Museum

Frye Art Museum
Ranked #73 of 444 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A museum with works mainly from 19th and 20th century artists.
Sequim, Washington
2 reviews
“Free is Good”
Reviewed 1 December 2011

The Frye has convenient free parking, free admission, and satisfying exhibits. The lunch room is excellent.

Visited November 2011
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Santa Clara
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“If you're in the neighborhood . . .”
Reviewed 15 November 2011

The Frye Art Museum is an intimate experience. As the next show was being installed and was not open for viewing, I spent time w/ oil paintings from the founding collection. A mixed bag of, mostly, German Secessionist portraits and landscapes from the late 19th/early 20th Century. Charles and Emma Frye stare out of two enormous canvases as the audience wanders the room. I particularly enjoyed their collection of animal portraits - several groupings of cattle, sheep, chickens and ducks.

I wouldn't go out of my way to visit the founding collection. But, as it was a rainy afternoon and I was in the neighborhood, I had a good time sitting and pondering the mass of paintings crowding each of the four walls. (Exhibit name: Tete-a-Tete)

Visited November 2011
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Atlanta, GA
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“Go for the Friday free Tour”
Reviewed 1 November 2011

The Frye museum is pretty easy to get to (near Seattle Univ) and has a permanent exhibit in the main halls. It also has visiting exhibits from elsewhere. The best time to go is on Friday at 1pm when they give a free guided tour which is very well done. They also have a small lunch cafe. The volunteer staff was very friendly. Berkeley78

Visited October 2011
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Wesr Lafayette, IN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“great museum and ITS FREE!”
Reviewed 24 October 2011

Fantastic small art museum with fantastic Gabriel Von Max exhibit. A real gem for Seattle.

Visited October 2011
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“A small art museum located in the center of Seattle”
Reviewed 11 August 2010

The Frye Art Museum is located at 704 Terry St., about a 15 minute walk from the Seattle Convention Center at 6th and Pike St. It is also located just off of the James and Madison Street exits from I-5. The Museum and parking are both free!

The museum has about 5 galleries. When I visited, there were two galleries devoted to some very nice Alaska landscape paintings, and a 3rd devoted to photographs of Alaska. The fourth gallery was called "Tete-a-tete" and was set up to appear as a 19th century salon with their nice collection of primarily German artists of the 19th century. The fifth gallery was a tribute to one of their longstanding directors (Ida Kay Greathouse). This fifth gallery included works by Sargent, Sisley, Moran, Morisot, Renoir, Pissaro, N. C. Wyeth, and Andrew Wyeth.

The museum can be easily toured in about 1-2 hours. A great spot for a break from the convention meetings, or a lunch away from the bustle of downtown.

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