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Seattle Art Museum

1300 1st Ave, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2003
+1 206-654-3100
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Nice museum, good for an hour or so

This is a very nice museum. Some of the exhibits might appeal to millennials more than boomers but... read more

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mentldentl
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The Seattle Art Museum features artwork ranging from ancient pottery to modern murals. The museum... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
PackUpNGoNow
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Davie, Florida
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SAM has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest since 1933. Visit SAM to see a museum carved into the city, as much a part of Seattle's landscape and personality as the coffee, rain, mountains, Pike Place Market, and the Space Needle. Our three distinct locations celebrate the region's position as a crossroads where east meets west, urban meets natural, local meets global. Our collections, installations, special exhibitions, and programs feature art from around the world and build bridges between cultures and centuries. ​
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1300 1st Ave, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2003
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a very nice museum. Some of the exhibits might appeal to millennials more than boomers but overall it’s worth a visit. It’s also pay what you like so it’s pretty risk free.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Seattle Art Museum features artwork ranging from ancient pottery to modern murals. The museum admission is "pay what you wish" except for special exhibits. Unique to SAM is their display of native Alaskan art including carved masks and totems, many of which were made...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoy art museums. But, sometimes after looking at art for over an hour or two, I start to zone out. However, this museum kept my interest throughout all of the displays. I am a fan of modern art and there was plenty of that...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was particularly interested in the special exhibit going on, Double Exposure, which includes pieces by photographer Edward Curtis. "...revisiting the photographs of Edward S. Curtis and sparking conversations on Native identity, race and resilience, art and culture." (quote from the museum). I found myself spending...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has a basic collection of works of different times and styles and counties, no gems. Temporary exhibits can be very interesting. Thursday night concerts are very enjoyable.

Thank MACKBA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The SAM is nowhere nearly as impressive as the Smithsonian Art Museum in DC, which I was used to, and so I was disappointed with it. The museum is quite busy, but it was perfect for a rainy day outing and a culture fix.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 museum just flowed from one exhibit to another....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 two hours of pleasant looks. The museum shop also sells and lends contemporary American art....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 ready to leave after about an hour and...More

Thank Susan K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fairly expensive for a relatively modest collection. Save your money for activities that Seattle shines with respect to, e.g. the outdoors, the water and Seattle Center area.

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peaches132
25 June 2018|
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Response from db7477 | Reviewed this property |
SAM is about midway between the Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square. It’s about a 15 minute (walk) or a $5 Uber.
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Coni J
10 February 2018|
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Response from Mark W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, and they have good food options for lunch.
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Classic_Creation
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Response from 313pamelak | Reviewed this property |
We only had an hour, 90 minutes would have been less of a rush. Two hours would have been too much.
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