Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
1300 First Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101| Map |
The Seattle Art Museum maintains three major facilities: its main museum in downtown Seattle, the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, and the Olympic Sculpture Park.
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- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
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Family ArtFlag review
Works of modern and classical art fill this museum – but my kids will particularly enjoy the nine identical cars hanging from the ceiling with firework-like pulsing light tubes and the international galleries on the fourth floor, including African masks and Native American totem poles. Temporary exhibits have included European masters and art from around the world. Younger kids enjoy the third-floor “Knudsen Room,” which offers dress up and art-related toys and books, and is enclosed for free play.
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This museum is great! I went there for the Picasso Exhibit and i loved it. The permanent collection is fantastic, Their Contemporary Art Permanent exhibit was visually striking and they had works by Nick Cave who i am a big fan of. The Picasso exhibit was phenomenal. It was divided into 4 parts. Each part was dedicated to one of his female muses. The line went by quickly to get in, and once inside we were able to take our sweet time. The museum store is super cool with arts and crafts, jewelry, books and a large section for children as well. Great coffee shops and places to eat right across the street. It is also within walking distance of the main touristy areas such as the Seattle Fish Market. I will defin...
this week, we took advantage of sam's free admission on first thursdays. it was our first visit to sam, and it probably won't be our last visit. the building looks large from the street, so i expected more exhibit space than what we saw inside. i'm not a fan of overly abstract modern and contemporary art, but i won't hold it against the museum for devoting a lot of space to them. the staff at sam are friendly and courteous. they'll enforce the rules, for sure, but aren't mean when doing so. kids are definitely welcome at sam. there are spaces set aside for kids who could use a break, which i'm sure are appreciated by folks who bring kids, as well as by those who'd like to appreciate the art in relative pe...
I come here annually with the kids, but happened to get in recently alone and enjoyed it much more. It's nice to be able to walk around and look without being tugged in a dif...
As a Christmas gift to the family we bought a membership to the Seattle Art Museum for something different and a great way to see the art. Yesterday was my first trip to the museum and I must say I could have stayed there for hours. The Nick Cave Exhibit blew me away. It brought me back to childhood with some of the things Nick used on the art, It was art that made you feel good while viewing it and I feel like I could talk about it forever. GO SEE IT! If you have never been to the art museum, here are a couple of things that are added perks: As you enter the Art Museum there is a coat check area so that you do not have to carry your coat around. Bring a fully charged cell phone with you as many of...