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Frye Art Museum

704 Terry Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
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Ranked #49 of 213 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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Juneau, Alaska
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Very quaint, inexpensive, lovely decor and articles. Was fascinated with the history. The gift shop had very nice and unusual items. Prices within reason.

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Seattle, Washington
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96 reviews 96 reviews
23 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is a small museum on Capitol Hill near Swedish Hospital. I have been visiting it for years. They always have provocative but well exhibited art, often by local artists. If you want to see excellent contemporary artists that you don't often hear about, visit this museum. It is a hidden gem. Some of the exhibits are just great fun.... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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270 reviews 270 reviews
96 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Take time to visit the Curtis R Barnes exhibition at this wonderful private free to the public gallery. The art presents an interesting and sometimes distressing history of 20th and 21st century Afro-American politics and social issues here in Seattle.A brilliant artist. The main gallery also has the permanent exhibition on display. There is also a lovely cafe and free... More

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Salem, Oregon
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120 reviews 120 reviews
57 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

On a side street and easily-missed, you need to seek out the Frye Museum to view their exhibits of outstanding 20th and 21st century art. Free admission and free parking!

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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