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Frye Art Museum

704 Terry Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
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Ranked #50 of 212 attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Description: A museum with works mainly from 19th and 20th century American artists.
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Considering entry is free, this is a great place to discover new trends in various forms of art. Quiet environment and decent food at the cafeteria add to the visit.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This was my first time visiting the museum. I expected a larger space with a greater proportion of the permanent collection on display. Unfortunately (for me at least!) there was only a single gallery with works from the permanent collection. At the time I visited, the rest of the galleries were devoted to exhibitions of contemporary art. These were interesting,... More

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St. George, Utah
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This museum is definitely under the radar. First, it's located east of I-5, in mostly residential and hospital area. It provides free parking and WiFi. Moreover, it does not charge an admission fee. We visited right after Memorial Day, and they were changing out the exhibits, so touring the museum took less than one hour. However, the main gallery room... More

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Riverside, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

This musuem was located on a nice quiet street. It's very spacious inside. The flow is very relaxing, not alot of visitors when I was here. Did I forget to mention the musuem is free!!!! This is definetly worth a visit when your in seattle or hanging around downtown.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

For some years, our family has been visiting Seattle at Easter to attend services at the Cathedral of St. James. This year, we stopped into the Frye Museum—often passed by in previous years—after Good Friday service. What a lovely place; we were fortunate to enjoy an intimate exhibit of Isamu Noguchi's ink brush drawings done in 1930 in Shanghai, long... More

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Sonoma County, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The museum is free, what a treat. A beautiful space, centrally located and we saw a great Isamu Noguchi in Beijing exhibit. Also the cafe has delicious food.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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151 reviews 151 reviews
25 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

The Frye has a very nice collection and it is housed in a very solid piece of Architecture. Olson Kundig did a great job with the addition.

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Brasilia, DF
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215 reviews 215 reviews
129 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I visited Frye Museum and enjoyed it. It’s a small museum housed in a nice building, located at 704 Terry Avenue, in a neighborhood called First Hill. Its architectural history and alterations are in themselves an interesting subject to those interested in the theme. Its origin is the Art collection of Mr Charles Frye and his wife Emma. The Frye’s... More

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San Francisco, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

The Frye is a perfect place to go if you have an hour or two. It is not large, 6 or 7 good size gallery rooms. It usually will have most of the museum showing the work of a single artist. We saw the work of late 19th/early 20th Century artist Franz von Stuck. Parking is easy and the museum... More

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Seattle, Washington
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

frye used to be stodgy museum endowed by wealthy early 20th century meatpacker. nice representational art. landscapes classical themes, ho hum, but free admission. about five years ago the frye exploded into wow. Adventuresome contemporary themes. thoughtfully curated. Example: Henry Darger's Vivian Girls. Most interesting of any free attraction in Seattle. It'd be a bargain at twice the price.

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