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Frye Art Museum

704 Terry Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
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Ranked #59 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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Portland, Oregon
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109 reviews 109 reviews
46 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

If you are in the area, then the Frye Art Museum is worth a quick visit. I enjoyed the salon with the permanent collection. The rest of the museum was filled with a contemporary pen and ink display. I arrived just as the museum was opening but a well behaved school group was already settled in the gallery with a... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

What a gem! The Frye Museum, is located away from busy downtown Seattle on the east side of I-5. There is NO charge for either admission or parking in their own lot across the street. The building is lovely, light filled, and easy to navigate. I am not an artist myself, just enjoy art. In the few times per year... More

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

Not worth a visit, none of the large number of works collected by the Fryes. Just an exhibition about some obscure local artist who doesn't even warrant an entry in Wikipedia! The staff were also unhelpful. Whatever the Fryes intended with their bequest to the city I can't see it bring reflected in what I saw. They would have been... More

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66 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We go here a couple of times a year at least... The Frye has a wonderful permanent exhibit of 20th century and older art which they now have hanging in salon style in one large room. Temporary exhibits vary from very contemporary to past selected styles or works from local or other artists, always intriguing. The museum is free, the... More

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

went to Seattle for a specialist and across the street was the Frye. I was looking so forward to seeing a favorite watercolor artist that I was told would have a picture there. There was a horrible very small exhibit- edgy( supposedly) political commentary and nonsense. it looked adolescent. Nothing appealing in the least. I have seen better exhibits on... More

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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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100 reviews 100 reviews
24 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 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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292 reviews 292 reviews
99 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 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
77 helpful votes 77 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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