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Frye Art Museum

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Address: 704 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104-2019
Phone Number: 206-622-9250
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Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

A museum with works mainly from 19th and 20th century American artists.

A museum with works mainly from 19th and 20th century American artists.

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Free Museum with always interesting exhibits

The Frye is a gem tucked away above downtown. The original collection is middling art, of the 19th century and collected by the namesakes. The special exhibits are usually very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Frye is a gem tucked away above downtown. The original collection is middling art, of the 19th century and collected by the namesakes. The special exhibits are usually very interesting, it has a small restaurant, and concerts are given there on occasion.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Beautiful salon room with oil paintings. The temporary, video exhibits were really weird and one was very disturbing. Beautiful building.

Thank Tiffany H
Tallahassee, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely smaller museum that has a solid permanent collection and quite interesting and ambitious rotating exhibits. It is not crowded which I love- sometimes I just hate being in museums that are just jam packed with people and noisy kids. The Frye is a respite from that scene. They also have a lovely café and like I... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Frye Art Museum is an interesting place in downtown Seattle, filled with interesting pieces from various times and various parts of the world. There are rotating exhibits, as well as a permanent collection, located in this small gallery. I enjoyed studying the works of the Danish master Hammershøi during the special exhibit dedicated to him. One permanent room is... More 

Thank Bonzostar
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Frye is an unusual museum, and worth visiting depending on what traveling exhibition is on view. We were lucky to visit the Frye during the Vilhelm Hammershøi show, a rare opportunity to see Denmark's celebrated 19th century artist. The permanent collection of the museum, however, is strange, so make sure there is something else on view before you go.

Thank Verseau99
Chanhassen, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On the Sunday I went, the entire back gallery (which is the one room that contains 90% of the art on display) was closed. Why? Because they were doing Noise Yoga. Not only did Noise Yoga occupy the entire back gallery, which was literally roped off from the rest of the museum, but the noise of the yoga intruded on... More 

Thank Sid R
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you enjoy museums and get overwhelmed at the expanse of so many floors and wings, this museum is for you. It's small, free, and simply a delight. That said, it's worth looking up their exhibits - I wouldn't make the trip for their permanent collection alone. I highly recommend going to the Frye if you have 2+ days in... More 

Thank Katie P
Camas, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

We joined a docent talk about the featured exhibit which lasted for 1 hour. Her suggestions, directions, and questions for the group made our visit far more informative but the exhibit is well signed and includes short films about the artist as well. It's a place I'll go back to again!

Thank Jo H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Charles Frye, who with his wife Emma, were patrons of the arts, left instructions in his will to establish this free museum (Frei in German means "free.") It houses their collection of paintings from the Munich Academy and Munich Secession, with rotating shows of various types of art. The museum features a very nice cafe for casual dining and a... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

A museum with modern pieces. It is free and some of the art in enthralling. A good place to visit on a rainy day.

Thank C W

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