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Frye Art Museum

Address: 704 Terry Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
Phone Number: 206-622-9250
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Ranked #52 of 213 Attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: A museum with works mainly from 19th and 20th century American artists.
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: A museum with works mainly from 19th and 20th century American artists.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I meant to visit the supposedly wonderful permanent collection. Got there and it was all in storage, and instead there was an installation in all museum rooms, with an artist's work, which was basically her voice/songs and some video projections. All felt very spiritual and esoteric, perhaps with some merit, but a waste of time for someone who was aiming... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The First Hill neighborhood of Seattle is sometimes referred to as Pill Hill, for the three major hospitals - Harborview, Virginia Mason and Swedish - in the area. I took a walk, trying to take my mind off my wife's surgery, heading toward St. James Cathedral (a review for a later time) to pray. I stumbled across this museum and... More 

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Tincup, CO
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I went hoping to see specific things in their permanent collection, but they can only exhibit a small fraction of their holdings, and the things I wanted to see weren't on display, so in that sense I was disappointed. But the Social Media exhibit was a lot of fun. The public voted on which pieces to include in the exhibit,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This little gem, tucked away on First Hill, is such a wonderful resource for visitors and the community. The permanent exhibit is quirky and interesting: a view into the minds of the founders. The temporary exhibits are always worth the time and effort--they bring some extraordinary and thought-provoking work, from Mark Ryden to Henry Darger: it's never dull. They also... More 

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Pasco, Washington
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78 reviews 78 reviews
27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is such a great little treasure tucked into Seattle that was almost empty when we visited. Admission is free, parking is free. The museum is a collection of Charles and Emma Frye who collected in the 1950's. The collection on display is always small and intimate which allows you the luxury of really looking at each piece. You can... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I went to see the crowd-curated show of the best-liked paintings from the Frye's large collection of classics, and found a gracious space perfectly lit in which to savor these beauties and contemplate what makes a fine old painting popular. The idea of letting fans select favorites is fitting for the city where digital is huge, but for the wordsmith... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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69 helpful votes 69 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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Lakewood
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Seattle
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77 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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