Seattle Art Museum

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1300 First Ave.

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Spread across three locations, the Seattle Art Museum houses one of America's premier art collections, displaying everything from European masterpieces to contemporary sculpture. The Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park are also part of the complex. The museum receives some mixed views from recent visitors, but most appreciated its eclectic collection and recommend setting aside a few hours if you need to fill a rainy day. Recent travelers were particularly impressed with the museum's permanent collection of African art and its display of Northwest Coast Native American artists. 

Commonly known as "SAM," the main part of the museum is located in downtown Seattle about a mile-and-a-half south of the Space Needle. SAM is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. 

The museum does charge a hefty admission fee ($24.95 for adults, $14.95 for kids ages 13 to 17 and those with student IDs), but you can get in for free if you time your visit for the first Thursday of the month. Seniors can also take advantage of First Fridays, where admission is free to those ages 62 and older on the first Friday of the month. Paid parking is available near the museum. You can also take the Link light rail to the University Street Station, which sits within walking distance of the museum. For more information on current exhibits, hours and admission prices, visit the Seattle Art Museum website.

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