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Address: 704 Terry Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
Phone Number: 206-622-9250
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11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

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Camas, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

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SEATTLE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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Burlingame, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the Frye. It's free, small, uncrowded and always has an interesting "special" exhibit. The Frye family's collection is a bit out of the ordinary in that it is heavily German romantic paintings. On this visit, the collection was displayed like the Fryes would have displayed it in their home gallery. The café is a nice spot for lunch... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This may seem odd, bringing a 6 year old to an art museum; but do think about this activity for a young child. It was easy, fun, and exciting. Easy because there is free parking right across the street and the museum is free. Fun because there is a charming café in the museum. And exciting because of the art.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

This is a place that not even many of the locals visit. (although it's free) They always put on interesting exhibits. Nice small café and gift shop. This month they have free meditation classes. If you haven't been...go!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

I love the Frye. Not only is it easily reachable by bus (avoiding that steep hill) but there is parking in the area if you wish to drive. The museum is a lovely building with plenty of space to sit and enjoy the area. The exhibits are always well prepared, and entrance is free so you may return as often... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

The Frye Art Museum always has interesting events, exhibitions, classes, lectures and more. The exhibits are well done as well as all the events happening there. It's smaller than Seattle Art Museum but if you want to see a quality show I would highly recommend the Frye. Sometimes students from Gage Academy of Art are there drawing which is fun... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

This wonderful small museum is a true gem. Nestled within the Capitol Hill neighborhood the building itself it's a work art...Offers both permanent exhibits and temporary exhibitions, high-quality contemporary art and installations. thanks to the generosity of its founders, visiting this unparalleled little Museum is free to the public (donations are welcomed). Due to the size of the museum it... More 

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