Seattle Art Museum

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Seattle Art Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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John M
Ann Arbor, MI21 contributions
A very nice way to spend a couple hours in Seattle
Nov. 2021
We visited SAM and completely enjoyed the experience. The various collections were well displayed and interesting. Staff was present and polite. There was a convenient and free spot to check your coat and backpacks to keep them secure.
The walkabout area highlighting Australian art was a favorite.
Written 15 November 2021
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MaddysTrip
72 contributions
glad we didn't skip this museum
Aug. 2021
We visited this museum when the Claude Monet exhibit was there in August 2021. This was our first time there, although our third trip to Seattle. We took our time to see everything so were there about 3 hours. I was amazed at the variety of exhibits and the age variations of the items. Ancient to modern. A beautiful musuem.
Written 21 October 2021
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Shanelle
Santa Monica, CA2,250 contributions
Downtown art museum with various exhibits
Oct. 2021 • Solo
Art museum in downtown Seattle with three levels. Came here on a Saturday afternoon and spent about 2.5 hours here. They do have cost check, and if you’re a tourist, I would suggest using it to store your luggage since they’ll hold onto it for a fairly long period of time. Bathrooms are available on each level but are kind of hidden - the one in the ground floor was the easiest to find.

The museum does participate in Bank of America’s free museum weekend on the first full weekend of each month. You can buy tickets online or at the box office. Credit cards are accepted and there are student discounts. I would recommend allocating 2-3 hours to allow yourself enough time to wander, although note that quite a few exhibits were closed when we visited. It’s a good spot to explore by yourself or with one or two other people.
Written 20 October 2021
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IvaGorenstein
Seattle, WA125 contributions
All robbers are welcome
Oct. 2021
Disclaimer: I live in Seattle, I like the museum, but after today I will not return and will advice anybody who would be willing to listen not to visit it either.
I came to see Monet exhibit. Came out of the elevator into the lobby, stopped for a bit near the self-service coat rack. A homeless man from the street, raving, ranting and shuffling, walks in, beelines to the coat rack, grabs a jacket, hanging there (not mine). I yell: "This is not your coat! Put it back!", he continues to put it on, walks out (really slowly), crosses the street, harasses people at FRAN's, and then continues to the restaurant on the next block.
Poor girl who is supposed to be security, calls some young gentleman from upstairs, and they continue to stand there and watch the thief helplessly. I ask:"Do you have a radio to make an announcement? Maybe the owner could go and retrieve his jacket now, since the thief is not running away at all?". No, they don't have walkies-talkie, and they cannot supervise the coat-rack, and there's nobody they could call.
The only reason I didn't get the jacket off him was that I was holding a baby and my hands were literally full.
2 women standing next to us continued to chat like nothing happened, and the absolute lack of involvement from staff is appalling to me. Yes, I agree that it's very stupid to leave your possessions unsupervised. Yes, I understand, that they are understaffed. But then don't even put the stupid coat-rack out there!
I thought for a second about going upstairs myself and calling for the owner really loudly, but quickly realized, that they would charge me for that, and I already wanted to do nothing with this establishment, so I just left.
I come from a country, where nobody dares to put up a single piece of Christmas ornament on their windows or doors, and where there is no toilet paper in public restrooms, 'cause people steal absolutely everything, so I'm used to situations like that. But I was hoping, that you, guys, could do better with regards to building a safer environment for all of us, and SAM failed at it miserably.
So if anybody wants to go get oneself some Monet, be their guests, I assure you, they will do absolutely nothing about it. You don't even have to run away with it.
Written 4 October 2021
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An0nyMs
Tucson, Arizona1,059 contributions
Big building, not a lot to see
Oct. 2021 • Solo
I tend to spend much more time in art museums than most people. So I was surprised at how quickly I finished seeing the Seattle Art Museum. As I thought back on it, I realized that most of the galleries are quite big with art hung around the edges... So there's no way to show as much arrt as museums with smaller galleries.
Written 3 October 2021
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Joy H
Texas258 contributions
Just OK
Aug. 2021
We went to see the Monet exhibit which was a little underwhelming. We didn't know all the paintings were going to be of the same subject even though the title gave it away. The big tree sculpture is amazing though.
Written 31 August 2021
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PANC J
Lima, Peru819 contributions
A great regional art museum.
Aug. 2021
Dropped in at the Seattle Art Museum mostly to see the "Monet at Étretat" special exhibit, which was quite wonderful. It juxtaposed the painting Monet did at Étretat with work done by other painters of the time, which gives a very nice perspective on Monet's work. As might be expected, his paintings are stunning, though there aren't a lot of them. We also spent another hour or so looking through the African art exhibit, Japanese pottery, Native American art and a bit of European art. One gets the impression at this museum that they have a lot more space than art as there are large, empty spaces. This is a great regional museum, but not quite up to speed as a world-class institution. Definitely worth a visit if you are spending some time in Seattle.
Written 21 August 2021
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tg22wa
Seattle, WA46 contributions
Monet exhibit is beautiful, manageable and safe to visit
Jul. 2021
SAM's small and thus very manageable Monet at "Etretat" exhibit is beautifully presented. Entry is carefully controlled and while a number of people visited when we did, it felt safe. Masks are required. Try to go mid week if possible to avoid the largest number of visitors. The excellent exhibition catalogue is available in the museum shop and offers welcome insights into this period in Monet's life / career.
Written 15 August 2021
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD531 contributions
good, worth it, but there were a lot of empty galleries
Jul. 2021
Reasonably comprehensive but not stellar in terms of the permanent collection. Architecturally interesting; good spaces, good layout. No guide which is very frustrating and the QR code never did work (it's a poor substitute in any case - for the money you could darn well print a pamphlet). The Monet exhibit was interesting, but very crowded in the main comparison room - a struggle to get a full sense of everything unless one waited for the timed crowds to thin (in that sense it might have been better not to have timed things at all, and allow the ticket holders to freely wander back). Granted, the focus in a PNW museum is going to be different than back east, but this is not a Boston MFA, the PMA or even the DIA. Seattle has the space and probably the money.... All said though, this should not be a deterrent - even with the empty space, it is worth a 2-3 hour visit and that's a deal.
Written 31 July 2021
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Gary T
Austin, TX900 contributions
Definately worth your time
Jul. 2021
We visited during the Mozart showing and it was amazing by itself. However the other halls have a lot to offer as well. To see everything without rushing I'd plan on three hours. Obviously this is not the Met or Louvre but well worth seeing.
Written 30 July 2021
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