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Seattle Art Museum

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Address: 1300 1st Ave, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2003
Phone Number: +1 206-654-3100
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Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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SAM has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific...

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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Two visits, two excellent exhibits

We visited the SAM on the Monday after Thanksgiving and enjoyed the impressive YSL clothing design exhibition. The exhibition covered his designs from teeenage pencil sketches to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the SAM on the Monday after Thanksgiving and enjoyed the impressive YSL clothing design exhibition. The exhibition covered his designs from teeenage pencil sketches to extensive examples of then modern designs for clothing no related pictures from the press. A few years ago, we also experienced an impressive exhibit of Picasso art and sculptures at the SAM. Beside... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We came on a free pass day. The museum is clean and well kept. The collections aren't too impressive. Considering the massive wealth in Seattle I am surprised the collection isn't better. We spent 2 hours. This was enough to see the exhilbits. Overall we enjoyed the time spent. .

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have a SAM membership and go to all the members reception. The lectures at the reception are educational. This is a very impresstive museum. Their cafe is a good place to have coffee and snack. There is a discount with membership.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Yves St. Laurent exhibit is amazing! The behind-the-scenes components - sketches, fabric swatches and design atelier images make this exhibit extraordinary. Paper doll fantasy pieces & sketches from his youth add a very personal touch. Not to be missed exhibition!

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Unless there is an exhibit that you must see, go when the entrance is free. SAM is not the best museum we have to offer in Seattle. Look around and you will be surprised what else is out there.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

During my visit to Seattle, I had to visit this art museum and I'm glad that I did. The location of the museum is in a perfect place for other activities outside of the museum. SAM has a lot of good work, such as the work of Eva Hesse, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell, Donal Judd and more. They had a... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friends and I try to come every year to the SAM as they bring in such superb exhibits. The Yves Saint Laurent exhibit currently being shown is no exception. No matter that you may not be into fashion, you will appreciate the artistry of the designer. The rest of the museum is also well worth seeing and it is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

SAM is located close to the Pike Place Market. It is a wonderful museum that is currently hosting the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit. This exhibit is worth your time, if you enjoy studying the work of a modern designer.

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University Place, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you visit this city, you must come here to see the great art and to see how Seattlites really see the world through their creation and curation of art. You will now be disappointed!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pound for pound a great art museum. Perfect for a family visit. They even had a children's art area on the 3rd floor. During our visit they had a YSL exhibit which was a wonderful insight into how fashion and art intersect. Highly recommend a visit.

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