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2901 Western Ave.

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Free

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Museums, Free, Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

There's no better way to get a healthy dose of culture than to enjoy some fine art, especially when the art is outdoors and free to peruse. In other words, you should plan on visiting the Olympic Sculpture Park, a 9-acre section of the Seattle Art Museum that's filled with works by such sculptors as Alexander Calder, Claes Oldenburg and Roxy Paine. Once you've had your fill of art, turn your attention to the view, which stretches over Elliott Bay to the Olympic Mountains and is a big hit with recent visitors.

Past visitors to the park said it's an enjoyable way to experience the art and ambiance Seattle offers, especially during the warmer months. However, some said the park wasn't a "must-see" and only recommend making a stop if it's near other attractions you're visiting.

The Olympic Sculpture Park sits a few blocks southwest of the Space Needle, near the shores of Elliott Bay. The park is open every day 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset. The Olympic Sculpture Garden is also home to a shop and a cafe, and free guided tours are available. Check the Olympic Sculpture Park's website for more details and tour schedules.

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