Seattle Art Museum, Seattle

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While Pacific Northwest artists are strongly represented at Seattle Art Museum, its collections cover art from the four corners of the world, spanning from ancient history to modern times. Known to locals as SAM, the museum often hosts popular traveling exhibits. The museum's rich permanent collections include genres such as early Italian paintings. Because the museum is not too big, you can take your time to enjoy the works of art. Using our world travel planner, Seattle attractions like Seattle Art Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We visited SAM in June and when we went to purchase tickets we were told that Military was free starting after Memorial Day. Everyone was so pleasant and helpful. We loved the layout and the way the m...  more »
  • The statue of Jonathan Borovsky is hammering at the frontdoor. The collection contains a good impression of native American art. Special extra is the contemporary Australian aboriginal art. At least t...  more »
  • I'm not a huge museum fan, but holy cow this place was awesome. I'm also not an art aficionado, but there is enough range and pieces to keep even me interested for hours. My teenage daughters were rea...  more »
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  • Loved our visit! From the moment you walk in and see the large hanging dissected tree the museum keeps you in awe. Very nicely curated, covering classic to modern art. Photography, paintings, fashion, sound just so many elements under one roof. During our visit there was an exhibit focused on empathy. Walking through and reading the lessons told through the pieces of art took us through a rollercoaster of questions and emotions. We really enjoyed it and the conversation it provoked. Excited to return and see future exhibits.
  • My brother was dying to see a Basquiat painting on loan from a private collection so off we went before attending a wedding celebration outside of Tacoma. We also visited the "Double Exposure" exhibit and it was so worth it! I enjoyed the museum so much, and found myself liking some modern art as well, which is not usually my thing. The Empathetic exhibit - also super-cool. Were able to take our time and really enjoy the works on display. I definitely would go back again.
  • "Double Exposure" presented a marvelous collection of Edward Curtis photographs. The marketing materials had me expecting to see juxtapositions of his work with contemporary Native American photographic artists. They were named, there were a few tintypes, and the marvelous fusion of Northwest Coastal dress with the storm trooper mask. But there was surprisingly little of their work, so minimal "double" exposure.
  • Such a great place! I went there for the first time and I was blown away by the amount of art that I saw. I will definitely be coming back here again every month, because they have art shows changing all the time. It is always so interesting to come and support local artists as well.
  • It’s a nice art museum. Doesn’t compare to the art museums in NYC, but that’s a pretty high bar to set. There were also a couple of cool gift shops (one general gift shop and one for the special exhibit) as well as a nice cafe.
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