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Seattle Art Museum

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Address: 1300 1st Avenue, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2902
Phone Number: 12066543100
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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
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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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Excellent museum conveniently located. Building spacious and clean. Nice mix of old and new exhibits. Graphic Art exhibit a pleasant surprise, as I'm a fan of Hogarth. Free... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you have limited time in Seattle and are debating between SAM and another attraction, I'd skip the art museum. It's not bad, but as big city art museums go, it's not among the best.

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Hershey, PA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent museum conveniently located. Building spacious and clean. Nice mix of old and new exhibits. Graphic Art exhibit a pleasant surprise, as I'm a fan of Hogarth. Free admission for members & veterans of the Armed Forces and their families.

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Seattle, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Some collections, such as the ethnographic are strong, others e.g. European because the museum arrived late, cannot compare with those on the East Coast and Europe. To catch up there can be a temptation for infotainment purchases and exhibits such as the silly suspended autos. Choose wisely according to your tastes, some traveling exhibits and from private local collections can... More 

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Cascade, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I visited while in Seattle. It was a very good museum. There were a lot of interesting exhibits. It was a Sunday, but it wasn't very crowded so it was easy to see the whole thing without waiting.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I would like to thank museum administration for their decision to stay open on July 4th. Thank you so much for this opportunity! Great location, nice building, very pleasant staff. I was truly impressed by Graphic Masters exhibit and, unfortunately, was too overwhelmed and didn't have much time left to explore all resident collections. Would definitely visit again

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed my visit to the Seattle Art Museum! The atmosphere was tranquil and very peaceful as we appreciated the beautiful pieces of art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well organized and set out with both permanent and temporary exhibits. Friendly and helpful staff. Adequate seating for contemplation. Very good examples of the blown glass that Seattle is famous for. Seeing these negates the need to go to the expensive Chihuly Garden and Glass showrooms in my opinion. Good contemporary photographic exhibition whilst we were there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a grey day as we arrived in Seattle and having walked downtown from our waterside hotel we headed for the Art Gallery. An excellent choice. The etching exhibition Dürer Hogarth Goya Picasso and R Crumb was totally absorbing. We then explored the main collection which was extensive and fantastic. You really need more than one day to do... More 

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La Selva Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came for the Graphic Masters exhibit but walked the whole museum and really enjoyed it. The porcelain room is not to be missed. Well designed and with the Hammering Man out front it was worth the time we spent there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although Seattle is not old by east coast standards, several generations here have donated art to this museum. It has something for everyone, ranging from local glass art to paintings of different periods. Nice cafe and gift shop.

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