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Seattle Art Museum

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Address: 1300 1st Ave, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2003
Phone Number: 12066543100
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

SAM has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific...

SAM has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest since 1933. Visit SAM to see a museum carved into the city, as much a part of Seattle's landscape and personality as the coffee, rain, mountains, Pike Place Market, and the Space Needle.

Our three distinct locations celebrate the region's position as a crossroads where east meets west, urban meets natural, local meets global. Our collections, installations, special exhibitions, and programs feature art from around the world and build bridges between cultures and centuries. ​

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What a lovely modern museum. Many different pieces, from Chihuly glass to some of the masters, there really is something for all. The only drawback was the fact that is was a bit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Melinda H
Oaxaca, Mexico
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Oaxaca, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a lovely modern museum. Many different pieces, from Chihuly glass to some of the masters, there really is something for all. The only drawback was the fact that is was a bit difficult to navigate and most rooms had a mixture of all different works. Don't miss the rooms with the Alaskan pieces, they were stunning.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The building was my favorite part of the museum as well as Hammer man the sculpture in front. They did have a temporary wonderful exhibit on printmaking, but all other exhibits were very ordinary.Not world class.

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The current exhibit is extensive and can take several hours for the serious viewer. The permanent exhibits are interesting and focus mostly on contemporary art, ethic art, decorative arts and pottery. Good book store and museum shop

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice museum offering 2 floors of eclectic art. They have beautiful collection of Meissen and Japanese hard paste porcelain. Worth a stop by on your way to the market.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went on a Sunday. Not much of a line getting our tickets. Street parking was a bit of a chaIlenge. Ended up parking 4 blocks away. I received a parking voucher from S.A.M. I paid half for parking. This was my first visit to the S.A.M. with my children and siblings. My kids ages were 6-17. The little ones kept... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

While they are best known for modern and ethnic art, the traveling exhibits are quite good. Just finishing up with Graphic Masters: Dürer, Rembrandt, Hogarth, Goya, Picasso and Crumb. Quite a show!

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Graphic Content exhibit had a diverse selections and very helpful descriptions with the works. The accompanying brochure is worth reading. Don't expect access to the magnifying glasses. They were nowhere to be found. The other exhibits worth seeing were the indigenous art from the Pacific NW and African Renaissance. The entire museum really requires a couple days to visit... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I read recently that this is one of the top art museums in the country, but I do not agree. The exhibit space is beautiful but the permanent collection is sub par. The highlight is the Pacific Northwest Native American exhibit. Some good contemporary art. The special prints exhibit was disappointing. While there was fine work displayed, it stressed quantity,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A rainy day in Seattle saw us seeking shelter in Seattle Art Museum. We were so glad we did. The Graphic Masters" a wonderful and informative exhibition. A free guide will walk you through each of the artists work on display. The work is curated with style

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Helpful friendly staff and the volunteer who chatted me was very knowledgeable and friendly. I spent a couple of hours here but could have done more if I had more time. Today I'm off to the the Asian Art Museum as with my entry to SAM I get free entry to this other museum ! YAY!

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