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Frye Art Museum

704 Terry Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
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Ranked #44 of 176 Attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: A museum with works mainly from 19th and 20th century American artists.

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Seattle, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
26 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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111 reviews 111 reviews
47 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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116 reviews 116 reviews
70 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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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102 reviews 102 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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