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Explore Using Technology​​​

Explore Using Technology​

Learn about art, culture, and society through SAM's interactive technologies. With the perspectives of artists, curators, collectors, and public figures, the stories behind the artworks come alive with a touch of a button. 

Experience art on the go, at home, and at the museum—programs are available on your own device, online​, and in the galleries.​

Listen

Enhance your museum visit with an audio tour of selected objects in the SAM collection and selected special exhibition. Hear interesting perspectives from curators, artists, fashion designers and icons, collectors, a priest, Native storytellers, and teens. All audio content is FREE on your own device.

WAYS TO TAKE AN AUDIO TOUR

  • Cell Phone: Dial 206.866.3222 for the free tour. Enter the numbers next to the artworks, then press the # key

  • Listen online: Listen on Soundcloud and download the mp3s for free

  • Smartphone tour: Go to visitsam.org/explore and select a thematic tour. Or look for the phone symbol/QR code next to selected artworks and enter the number to access multimedia content. A low or no-vision version of the smartphone tour is available.

  • Audio Guide Wands: Available for rent for $5 for selected special exhibitions in the galleries on a first-come, first-served basis

SPECIAL AUDIO GUIDE FOR LOW/NO VISION VISITORS​

There is a second audio tour with verbal descriptions of the same artworks for visitors who are blind or partially sighted (or anyone seeking an in-depth guided look at the objects).

  • Listen online: Visit our collection of Low/No Vision audio tours from current and past exhibitions on Soundcloud.​​​

  • Cell Phone: Dial 206.866.3222 for the free tour. Look for the text that says “low/no vision” near select works of art. Enter the number next to this text and then press the # key.​​​​​

EXPLORE

Photo of hand holding a smartphone with tour on the screen on a bright yellow background


Learn more about the artists, history, and themes in selected artworks in the SAM collection and selected special exhibitions with a free a smartphone experience.

Smartphone tours are available on your own device for free at visitsam.org/explore. Select a thematic tour or look for the phone symbol/QR code next to selected artworks and enter the number to access multimedia content and interesting perspectives.

A low or no-vision version of the smartphone tour is available.

CREATE

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With the swipe of your fingertip—like the stroke of a paintbrush—make your own work of art inspired by the exhibition on touch screens in the galleries using Microsoft’s FreshPaint.

DIVE DEEPER

Looking for more information? Check out SAM’s Collections for content related to individual works of art or general Collection resources. Explore past exhibition resources through SAM’s Libraries Catalog.


Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

Learn more about Equity at SAM