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“Quirky and FREE, but makes you think” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Frye Art Museum

Frye Art Museum
Ranked #71 of 434 things to do in Seattle
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Owner description: A museum with works mainly from 19th and 20th century American artists.
Astoria, Oregon
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22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Quirky and FREE, but makes you think”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

We held an Associated Press Media Editors NewsTrain workshop here over two days. Pretty nice facilities for that, including a larger auditorium and a secondary "studio" with really hard seats. It worked out OK.

Lots of rules if you're hosting an event, though, especially regarding food and drink. Make sure to get this clear out of the gate.

Otherwise, this museum is free. It has some odd hours, including not opening until 11 a.m. But, it's an eclectic mix of industrial/conservation art, funeral attire that biodegrades, and a mammoth selection of paintings with no labels.

Totally worth a wander through, and then go back when they have a new installation. Some of my favorites: the möbius saw blade, plugged in crows, the weird story about a guy who scavenged destruction/construction sites to make a point and other oddities involving sound, magnets, broken bottles, audio histories and a fairly tame exhibit about landscapes and water in the middle.

Outside is almost as interesting as in, with water features and groovy bike racks.

It's free, what are you waiting for?

Visited October 2013
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baltimore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Cool small museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

The Frye is a very cool small museum with interesting exhibits. It is free and we walked there from downtown. We spent about 90 minutes enjoying the place. I would say that the Frye is definitely worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 819 helpful votes
“Very good small museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

The Frye is noted for its collection of (mostly American) representational art, with emphasis on the Hudson School and those artists influenced by it. The two exhibitions we saw were Horizon, which used some of the gallery's own collection, and a fascinating show on Buster Simpson, environmental activist and artist. The gallery offers free entry, and it has a nice cafe as well as a well-stocked museum store. Well worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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Lyon, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Nice little museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

Visited here when the "woodsman" Buster Simpson exhibit was featured. Went on a tour, however, the tour guide wasn't 100% familiar with all the works and was constantly interrupted by a knowledgable attendee. The exhibit itself was interesting and enjoyable. I do think that many of the pieces should be labeled more clearly. There were pieces that you were allowed to touch, though, there were parts of the piece you were allowed to touch that you weren't allowed to touch other parts of the same piece. Overall, the experience was nice and I would go back again for another exhibit.

Visited July 2013
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Atlanta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Excellent special exhibitions”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

We visited the Frye for the first time on a trip to Seattle in July 2013. Their permanent collection of Hudson River School artists is small but good. But the special exhibit was great. This summer Buster Simpson was featured. He is an environmental artist who highlights the disruption to a society when old structures are destroyed to make way for the new. While his art is not "pleasant" to look at, it certainly makes an impact and makes one think. Bravo to the Frye for giving so much space to such a fascinating artist. We will definitely be back.

Visited July 2013
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