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“Very unusual, weird and special...all at the same time”
Review of Frye Art Museum

Frye Art Museum
Ranked #65 of 470 things to do in Seattle
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A free art museum with a historical Founding Collection, showcasing cutting-edge contemporary art of the region and beyond.
Reviewed October 4, 2013

And a oh so pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The front part of the museum had an over the top, ultra contemporary installation....very weird and very fun. Then the back part of the museum (built in the 50's) housed the Frye's personal collection which they donated to Seattle. All of the Frye collection is framed in gilded frames densely arranged by the Fryes themselves (husband and wife). The fact that the Fryes collected mostly unknown artists (at the time), donated the collection to their own museum and had a hand in how the collection was hung reminds me of the Barnes in Philidelphia. if you are a art museum junkie don't miss this very unusual place. Free and only a $7 cab ride from downtown.

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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?

Thank L_Sellers-Earl
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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.

Thank senortourista
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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.

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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.

Thank flaneur99
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