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Photo of Art Beyond Sight tour participant looking at a colorful, abstract painting at the Seattle Art Museum with her guide dog.

Accessibility

The Seattle Art Museum strives to be accessible for all visitors and provides a variety of support services to assist with your visit.

Information about accessibility services at each location is available at the links below:

While the information here provides a general overview of accessibility at SAM, we encourage you to contact us for specific questions or needs. Please email us or call 206.654.3210​

For non-accessibility related questions please contact our Customer Service Center.

Always Available

Accessible restrooms are available at all SAM locations.

Power-assist doors are available at the public entrances at all SAM locations.

Service animals are welcome at all SAM locations.

Aides or caretakers receive free admission.

Gold Card or FLASH Card holders are eligible for reduced-price admission. SAM also offers free community passes.

Art Beyond Sight Tours

The Art Beyond Sight program provides monthly tours of the museum’s collection to visitors with low or no vision.

Learn More​​​​

Getting Here

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There are drop-off areas adjacent to the main entrance to the Seattle Art Museum on the south side of Union Street and on the east side of 1st Avenue near Union Street. Both are three-minute load/unload zones and the 1st Avenue zone is valid 9 am to 3 pm.

Accessible parking is available in the Russell Investments Center Garage. The entrance is on Union Street Between First and Second Avenues adjacent to the SAM building. This is an ADA-accessible garage; it has an elevator that will deposit you around the corner from the museum’s main entrance or inside the museum. Garage height limit is 6' 7". The garage allows a 10 minute grace period for drop-off or pick-up with no charge. After 10 minutes, regular rates apply.

Olympic Sculpture Park

A three-minute passenger load zone is located on southbound Western Avenue before the Broad Street intersection.

As always, visitors are welcome to park in a metered parking space if any are available in the area. There are also three disabled parking spots in the Olympic Sculpture Park garage located on Broad Street. Please note, parking is limited in this garage and there is a parking fee. An elevator is located in the parking garage for easy entrance to the PACCAR Pavilion and the park.

Enhance your visit

Double Exposure
In-Gallery Guide for Low Vision

Getting Around

Seattle Art Museum

The Seattle Art Museum's facilities are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available through the Coat Check at the 1st Avenue and Union Street entrance. A piece of identification must be left with the Coat Check attendant for wheelchair loan. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and the number of wheelchairs is limited.

Wheelchair seating is available in the Plestcheeff Auditorium and Nordstrom Lecture Hall.

Olympic Sculpture Park

The Olympic Sculpture Park has ADA accessible ramps, and the main Z path through the park is graded to provide universal access.

Wheelchairs—including an all-terrain wheelchair—are available at the front desk in the PACCAR Pavilion. Identification must be left at the front desk for the wheelchair loan. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and the number of wheelchairs is limited.

BlinD or Partially Sighted

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Magnifiers for use in the museum galleries, educational resource rooms, and the Bullitt Library are available at the 1st Avenue and Union Street coat check. A piece of identification must be left for magnifier loan.

Low Vision Map & Guides are available at the Ticketing Desk.

Large Print Guides for special exhibitions are available at the entrance to the special exhibition galleries.

For certain special exhibitions, an audio guide with extended visual descriptions may be available. Please visit the Ticketing Desk for more information.

Art Beyond sight Tours

The Art Beyond Sight program provides regular tours of the museum’s collection to visitors who are blind or partially sighted. Tours are held at all SAM locations and are free with advance registration. Private tours are also available upon request. For more information, email us or call 206.654.3210.

Upcoming Art Beyond Sight Tours​​​


 

 

Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Sign Language at all locations

Sign language is available for all public tours and lectures hall upon request with two weeks' notice. Please email us or call 206.654.3133 (voice) for more information.

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Printed copies of the current audio tour may be available at the Ticketing Desk. Transcripts of videos on exhibition are available in the gallery and at the Ticketing Desk.

Infrared assistive living devices are available for programs in the Plestcheeff Auditorium and Nordstrom Lecture Hall. Please contact a SAM employee at the South Hall Admissions Desk for more information prior to the start of the event.

A TTY (Text Telephone) for outgoing calls and is located at Coat Check at the 1st Avenue and Union Street entrance.

IMAGES: Photo: Rebekah Voeller.


The Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people.