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“Fun & Eclectic Exhibits”

Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM)
Ranked #5 of 40 things to do in Bellevue
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Owner description: Opens in the Spring of 2005.
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fun & Eclectic Exhibits”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

We love BAM for their remarkable building, designed by award-winning architect and Northwest native Steven Hull. BAM's always thought-provoking craft and design exhibits compel us to visit regularly.
Think again if you believe all they do with money in Bellevue is earn it and spend it. BAM's current "Love Me Tender" exhibit of amazingly creative artworks made from coins and currency will make you reflect on how we spend and what we value (through May 26.)
Italian design, whether in architecture, automobiles, fashion or typewriters, has long been revered as trendsetting and stylish. BAM's "Zoom" exhibit (on through June 16), displays, in photographs and artifacts, the memorable and the whimsical in 20th Century Italian design.
Whether or not you are a lover of cats or Japanese cat iconography, you will find BAM's exhibit of 150 "maneki neko" good luck cats delightful (through Aug. 4.)
Parking is easily available under the museum or in the surfeit of adjacent shopping malls. Take advantage of free admission and family activities on the First Friday of each month (open until 8 pm.)

Visited April 2013
Thank Ce M
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Bellevue, Washington
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29 reviews
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“Dissapointed.. more alternative than classic”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I am a lover for classic art and I still dont understand how some things are called art nowadays.. The part of this museum that was worth it was the blown glass exhibition, the rest was weird. If you are looking for sculpture and painting go to Seattle's art museum.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank italiardzlima
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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827 reviews
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“Outstanding Exhibits”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

I didn't expect much from the Bellevue Art Museum but was utterly impressed by the quality of the three temporary exhibits. The best was an exhibit title "Love Me Tender", a substantial collection of art based on the use of money as a medium, pasted as collages, cut and sculptured, or welded. The money exhibit was curated locally, but clearly was worthy of a top tier museum. Also impressive were an exhibit of modern Italian design and architectural photography, and a surprisingly extensive collection of Maniki Neko, Japanese sculptures of cats beckoning with their paws. The gift shop has a good selection of crafts. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the Bellevue area or want a nice excursion from Seattle.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank areview28
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140 reviews
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“What a surprise!”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Thought this might be a small, quick walk thru venue. Not so. A multi floor space with contemporary work. A wonderful way to spend a gloomy Washington afternoon.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank Margaret W
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Chandler, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Boutique Museum”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

This is a small museum in the heart of Bellevue, WA. Once inside, it was easy to get around in because there were elevators. The collection was interesting and in general very lively.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Lumenpro
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