Seattle Art Museum

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Seattle Art Museum
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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2-3 hours
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD527 contributions
good, worth it, but there were a lot of empty galleries
Jul 2021
Reasonably comprehensive but not stellar in terms of the permanent collection. Architecturally interesting; good spaces, good layout. No guide which is very frustrating and the QR code never did work (it's a poor substitute in any case - for the money you could darn well print a pamphlet). The Monet exhibit was interesting, but very crowded in the main comparison room - a struggle to get a full sense of everything unless one waited for the timed crowds to thin (in that sense it might have been better not to have timed things at all, and allow the ticket holders to freely wander back). Granted, the focus in a PNW museum is going to be different than back east, but this is not a Boston MFA, the PMA or even the DIA. Seattle has the space and probably the money.... All said though, this should not be a deterrent - even with the empty space, it is worth a 2-3 hour visit and that's a deal.
Written July 31, 2021
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Gary T
Austin, TX845 contributions
Definately worth your time
Jul 2021
We visited during the Mozart showing and it was amazing by itself. However the other halls have a lot to offer as well. To see everything without rushing I'd plan on three hours. Obviously this is not the Met or Louvre but well worth seeing.
Written July 30, 2021
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Curtis L
1 contribution
DISAPPOINTED FOR THE FIRST TIME
Jul 2021 • Couples
Many of the exhibit walls are blank. The permanent collection objects seem unchanged from the ‘lost year’ of COVID-19. Understandable, but there should be some advisories prior to entering on what to expect. The Monet exhibit is a significant extra charge, and frankly is not worth it. Of our many visits to this museum, this is the first time we were disappointed. Finally, the Reciprocal Museum benefit was mysteriously denied. Over $55 admission for two to minimal exhibitions is borderline unconscionable.
Written July 24, 2021
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JanP383
Tallahassee, FL192 contributions
Good Museum, Staff Need Better Training
Jul 2021 • Couples
We knew they just opened so tried to be patient, but the staff was a mess at times. Like telling my husband they would sell him a mask (required, and he forgot his) then as we made our way to the gift shop we saw a nice dispenser of free ones. Then there machine to read our tickets didn’t work, and we were sent to the same lady to “straighten it out.” Nor was there any signage directing patrons to the Monet exhibit, which was just okay. The QR code’s they directed everyone to since there’s not a brochure now, we’re very slow to load. We finally quit trying and moved on without a guide. We’re with other reviewers though, the other exhibits were great, we would have visited the museum anyway.
P.S. the few masks in the gift shop were $22 each!
Written July 22, 2021
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Jason Hennig
Renton, WA128 contributions
Fascinating Collection
Jul 2021 • Couples
We came to see the special Monet exhibit, primarily, but found ourselves entranced by the Middle Eastern wing. A fascinating collection of ancient art that really knocked our socks off.
Written July 12, 2021
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whitney
1 contribution
Terrible Experience
Jun 2021 • Friends
We had a terrible experience at this museum. The person at the visitor’s desk was incredibly rude and could not bother to look up from her phone to even answer her questions. She could. It have cared less that we were there - even though we waited patiently for awhile while she typed away.

In addition, although the website does not obviously state this, attending is not general admission. It is by reservation only. And if you are a bit late , they will not let you in.

Collectively, we had a horrible experience and will never return. A museum experience is as much about the people as the exhibits.

I would recommend going to the Frye instead - fabulous docents and exhibits!
Written June 6, 2021
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Marc13510
Kirkland, WA244 contributions
Amazing Jacob Lawrence Exhibit
Mar 2021
Jacob Lawrence' "The Struggle" exhibition was well worth the time. SAM did a terrific job with descriptions and providing context for each of the works. An added bonus was Seattle was the first stop on the tour to include the two most recently discovered paintings which originally were part of the work. SAM also included other more contemporary African American artists who work in different mediums.
Written March 17, 2021
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brmusicman
Chicago, IL2,706 contributions
Enjoyable visit; great African and modernism collections
Sep 2020 • Solo
I spent a few days in Seattle in September 2020 and was excited that the Seattle Art Museum re-opened to visitors shortly prior to my trip. They require reservations; the ticket-buying process was very easy on their website. They were being diligent about all protocols, and it was pretty easy to maintain social distancing in the galleries.

I enjoyed the collection a lot. The modernism collection was quite good, with a nice mix of painting and photography. There’s a gallery of Aboriginal Australian art that’s worth visiting; it features several works by one artist whose story was really interesting. There’s also a really great gallery featuring art from populations indigenous to the Seattle region that was very educational. I was quite taken with the museum’s superb collection of African art, including a mask collection that is beautiful and most effectively displayed.

The museum’s relatively small size made it easy to navigate in a few hours. Absolutely worth the price of admission.
Written October 17, 2020
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rogersober
Clermont, FL27,974 contributions
An Hour and a Half Well Spent
Sep 2020 • Couples
The staggered Covid appointments made entry easy on this cool rainy morning. The different collections were presented in roomy fashion. The building is a great venue and beautiful in it’s own way.
Written September 25, 2020
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simivalley1699
Washington, the State2,003 contributions
Visit, but first make your timed reservation.
Sep 2020
We booked our timed tickets as soon as the museum reopened. It was so good to be there after so many months! We wanted to see Georgia O'Keeffe's exhibit, but the museum was closed during that time. We however had so many other exhibits to see, and there were very few people admitted. The gift shop was open, and we purchased a book about the life of Georgia O'Keeffe and a CD. The cafe was not open.
Written September 12, 2020
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