Seattle Art Museum

1300 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101-2003- Map It
(206) 654-3100

AAA Editor Notes

Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is at 1300 1st Ave. (enter on 1st Ave. at the corner of Union St.). Jonathan Borofsky's 48-foot-tall, kinetic steel sculpture “Hammering Man” greets visitors outside the entrance. SAM's superbly eclectic collection encompasses American, European, African, Native American and ancient Mediterranean art. The three floors of exhibits are arranged thematically and conceptually rather than chronologically; paintings, sculpture, furniture, wall hangings, found objects and other media are intriguingly juxtaposed in the museum's 35 galleries. The treasures in the Wyckoff Porcelain Room are arranged by color, shape and artistic theme. Visitors will see painted wood screens created by Tlingit Indians, 18th-century tapestries depicting mythical animals and a coffin in the shape of a Mercedes Benz. Some of the pieces feature videos about their creators. Noteworthy special exhibitions are scheduled throughout the year. An audio guide to the permanent collection is free with admission. Parking is available at the Russell Investment Center building garage beneath the museum; enter on Union Street between 1st and 2nd avenues. Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.
$19.95; $17.95 (ages 62+); $12.95 (ages 13-17 and students with ID); free (ages 0-12, ages 62+ first Fri. of the month, military with ID and to all first Thurs. of the month). Parking: Russell Investment Center parking garage fees begin at $7 for the first 20 minutes Mon.-Fri.; $6 (up to additional 4 hours) Sat.-Sun.
Hours: Fri.-Sun. and Wed. 10-5, Thurs. 10-9 (also Mon. 10-5, late May-early Sept.). Closed most major holidays.