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Seattle Art Museum

1300 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
206.654.3100 & TTY 206.654.3137

COVID-19 Update

In accordance with the latest Public Health—Seattle & King County order, starting October 25, 2021, all visitors age 12 and older must show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test to enter the museum. Additionally, masks are required for all individuals over the age of two regardless of vaccination.

Fully vaccinated means:

  • An individual has received all of the required doses of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine (two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, or one does of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) or a WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series; and

  • 14 days have passed since the final dose

The following are acceptable as proof of full vaccination:

  • Vaccination card (including name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered)

  • A photo of the attendee's vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device

  • QR code or certificate from MyIRMobile.com or other approved vaccination verification apps (CLEAR and COVID Proof)

  • Printed official immunization record from vaccine provider or MyIRMobile.com (including photo or photocopy)

Accepted proof of negative test result:

  • Print or digital documentation of an FDA-approved PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours from a pharmacy, laboratory, or testing provider

It is difficult to predict what safety procedures may look like over the course of the coming months, but Seattle Art Museum is committed to the health and safety of our staff, visitors, and community. We will continue to follow guidelines issued by applicable federal, state, and local authorities. Safety protocols change and evolve rapidly. Join our email list to stay up-to-date or refer to What to Know When You Visit SAM for the for the latest information.


Located downtown, one block from Pike Place Market, global art collections, temporary installations, and special exhibitions from around the world bridge cultures and centuries.

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges 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 many urban Native Peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

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HOURS

MONDAY
CLOSED
TUESDAY
CLOSED
WEDNESDAY 10 am – 5 pm
THURSDAY
10 am – 5 pm
FRIDAY 10 am – 5 pm
SATURDAY
​10 am – 5 pm
SUNDAY
10 am – 5 pm​​​​

Tickets

Online advance purchase is recommended. Tickets are released online on a monthly rolling basis.

General Admission tickets get you into the museum and include access to the collection galleries, Frisson: The Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis Collection, and Barbara Earl Thomas: The Geography of Innocence. To view Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective (opening November 18), you can get the Special Exhibition ticket, which also includes General Admission access.

SAM MEMBERS
FREE
ADULTS
$19.99
SENIORS (65+)
$17.99
MILITARY (WITH ID) $17.99
STUDENTS (WITH ID)
$12.99
TEENS (15–18) $12.99
CHILDREN (14 & UNDER)
FREE
SAM MEMBERS
FREE
ADULTS
$29.99
SENIORS (65+)
$27.99
MILITARY (WITH ID) $27.99
STUDENTS (WITH ID)
$19.99
TEENS (15–18) $19.99
CHILDREN (14 & UNDER)
FREE

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Free & Discounted Tickets

SAM wants everyone to experience the art in our galleries and we have many opportunities for discounts and free days, including First Free Thursdays and First Fridays for seniors. Find more ways to get discounts to SAM.

FIRST FREE THURSDAYS

General Admission
& Special Exhibiton
Free to All

FIRST FRIDAYS

General Admission Free to Seniors
Special Exhibiton $7.99 for Seniors

Parking

Russell Investment Center Garage
DISCOUNTED FRI–SUN ONLY

Up to four hours of parking for $8.

Request a discount voucher at the SAM Ticketing Desk. When exiting the garage insert your voucher after your ticket for the discount to apply. Entrance is on Union Street between First and Second Avenues adjacent to the SAM building. View more information here. Garage height limit is 6' 8".

Monday – Friday 6 am – 10 pm
Saturday 9 am – Midnight
Sunday 10 am – 10 pm

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.

Drop-off areas for visitors with special needs are available near the Seattle Art Museum. See Accessibility for more information.

3rd and Stewart Garage
DISCOUNTED EVERYDAY PARKING

Up to four hours for $10.
Over four hours, all hours revert to full price.

Request a discount voucher at the SAM Ticketing Desk to apply as you leave the garage. The garage is 4 blocks from SAM’s 1st Avenue and Union Street entrance, with the entrance on Stewart Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

Monday – Friday 6 am – 10 pm


Directions

The museum entrance is located on 1st Ave and Union St.

View the Seattle Art Museum in relation to the Olympic Sculpture Park and the Seattle Asian Art Museum on this map.

By Car

Heading north: I-5 to Seneca St exit (#165), west on Seneca St to 1st Ave, and turn right (north) on 1st Ave. SAM will be on your right between Union and University Streets.

Heading south: I-5 to Union St exit (#165B), west (toward Puget Sound) on Union St to 1st Ave. SAM will be on your left between Union and University Streets.

From I-90: Heading west, merge onto I-5 North; take Madison St exit (#2C). Turn left on Madison and right on 1st Ave. SAM will be on your right between Union and University Streets.

By Public Transit

Visit the Metro website for a complete guide to Seattle's transit system and a map of nearby bus stops.

Sound Transit Link Light Rail University Street Station exits onto 2nd Ave, one block east of SAM's entrances.

By Bike

See the SDOT interactive bike map for all levels of riders. Multiple bike racks are available on-street and public racks can be accessed by ramp or elevator on Union between 1st and 2nd Avenue on the first parking level of the Russell Investment Center Garage.

By Ferry

Boats from West Seattle, Bremerton, and Bainbridge, Blake, Vashon, and Vancouver Islands disembark within walking distance from SAM.

Hotels

Planning a visit to Seattle? Take advantage of special offers from our hotel partners.

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SAM Shop & Gallery

At SAM Shop, you can purchase books, locally made jewelry, textiles, ceramics, Native carvings, a​nd children’s toys. And SAM Gallery presents a stellar selection of original art from contemporary Northwest artists for rent or purchase.​​​​​​​ Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm, during museum hours.

SAM members receive a 10% discount at SAM Shop​!

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MARKET SEATTLE

A tray of fresh, delicious oysters on a bed of ice, flanked by a tiny bottle of hot sauce and a slice of lemon


Now open! 
Take a stroll through the culinary bounty of the sea at MARKET Fishmonger & Eatery’s newest location at the Seattle Art Museum. Pull up a chair and enjoy a dozen oysters paired with beer, wine, and frozen drinks, or take an order of Dungeness crab, lobster rolls, or fish and chips to go. Whether you’ve worked up an appetite wandering through the museum’s impressive galleries or you’re looking for a late-night bite while exploring downtown Seattle, MARKET SEATTLE will lure you in.

HOURS

WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY 11 am – 8 pm
COFFEE BAR OPENS EARLY At 9 AM

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Public Tours

We are not currently offering in-person tours.

SMARTPHONE TOURS

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.

中文版精品导览visitsam.org/explore.

For audio-only, dial 206.866.3222.

Schoo​l Tours

​​Are you ​an educator? You can find school tour information here.​

Group Visits

Groups larger than 10 people can schedule a visit in advance to the Seattle Art Museum , pending availability. For more information or to schedule a group visit, please email​ or call 206.654.3112 in advance.

Group Visits

Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more when visiting the permanent collection.

For K-12 visits and school tours, please find more information here.

Private Tours

Enhance your group’s visit with a one-hour private tour, led by a knowledgeable guide who can provide an insider’s view of the museum. Tours may be customized to focus on a specific exhibition or highlight of the collection at any of our three locations. Groups pay a flat-rate tour fee in addition to discounted admission. Three weeks' advanced notice is required to request a private tour, and three business days for self-guided tours. Each private tour can accommodate up to 30 people.

Discounted Group Ticket Rates for GENERAL ADMISSON

Adults $17 (REG. $19.99)
Seniors (65+) $15 (reg. $17.99)
Students (with id)
$11 (reg. $12.99)

Special EXHIBITION 

Tickets include access to all SAM collections and installations.

Adults $24 (REG. $29.99)
Seniors (65+) $22 (reg. $27.99)
Students (with id)
$15 (reg. $19.99)

SAM Members and children 12 and under are free but need to reserve a ticket with the group. Please include member name and membership number in your order.

SUBMIT A REQUEST

Cancellation Policy

  • The final guest count and payment are due 10 days prior to your reservation.

  • Please note that after that time, no changes or refunds can be processed.

  • You will be charged for at least 10 people in order to meet the discounted group rate.

Questions about group visits?

Email​ or call 206.654.3112.​​​​​​​​

Plan a Venue Experience

Wow your guests by hosting your next function at the Seattle Art Museum. Easily transformed to reflect your personality and vision, SAM will make your next occasion a masterpiece with its spectacular exhibitions and stunning interiors.

We offer a variety of room options, accommodating groups of 15 to 1,500 people.

ACCESSIBILITY

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

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Libraries

For the safety and well-being of our visitors, the Bullitt Library and Educator Resouce Center have been closed as part of our ongoing response to the coronavirus.

Bullitt Library

The Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library is a research library that supports study on general art history as well as on objects in SAM's collection in the areas of African art, American art, Australian Aboriginal and Oceanic art, classical, ancient Mediterranean and Islamic art, decorative arts, European art, modern and contemporary art, Native American art, Northwest art, and photography. The Bullitt Library also supports research on objects and themes associated with exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum. Located on the fifth floor. FREE and open to the public. ​

Hours

Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm​​​

Available only by appointment. Please email or call 206-654-3220 to arrange your visit.

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Educator Resource Center

The Education Resource Center (ERC) is a free lending library for educators and families covering art history and art education, as well as interdisciplinary topics such as cultural studies, STEAM, and language arts. The ERC supports inclusive and engaging art experiences through resources for families, educators, and youth at the museum, in the classroom, and at home. A picture book reading space that is part of the ERC is open during all museum hours. Located on the second floor at the top of the Grand Staircase.

Hours

Thursday – Saturday 11 am – 4 PM
First Thursdays
11 am – 6 PM

The ERC is free and open to the public.
Please email or call 206.654.3186 with questions.

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VISITOR POLICIES

SAM Visitor COVID-19 Notice, Waiver, and Release

Seattle Art Museum (SAM) has implemented many measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19, however, we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your visit; an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. SAM visitors enter of their own will and at their own risk. By purchasing or reserving a ticket and visiting SAM, visitors accept such risk of exposure and knowingly waive and release Seattle Art Museum (and its trustees, officers, directors, employees and agents) from any and all liability, claims, demands, and causes of action whatsoever, including without limitation those caused by negligence, in any way related to COVID-19. This waiver and release is binding on visitors’ guardians, assigns, heirs, administrators, and executors, in perpetuity.

We ask for visitor cooperation to help protect the health and safety of our community. Visitors must comply with all safety protocols set forth in SAM’s Visitor Policies, the What to Know When You Visit SAM blog post and posted signage, as well as all instructions from SAM staff. SAM reserves the right to refuse admission to or eject any visitor failing to comply.

SAM may share your name and contact information with a governmental health authority should that information be requested for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes. By purchasing or reserving a ticket, visitors consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of their contact information for these purposes, and acknowledge that these procedures do not create any right to notification. If you would like to opt out, please send an email to customerservice@seattleartmuseum.org.

Visitors traveling to Seattle must comply with the Washington State COVID-19 Travel Advisory.


Lost and Found

Do you think you may have lost something? Report your lost article using this form, and we will let you know if it turns up.

Photography​

SAM allows photography in most areas. Feel free to photograph friends and family and your favorite works of art, but please do not photograph any work with this symbol:


A select number of galleries/works include this notice, which means that photography is not allowed. Please note that photography is allowed only for personal, noncommercial use, with the following restrictions:

  • No tripods or selfie sticks

  • No f​lash photography

  • No movie or video cameras

For press and other special photography, including filming and video projects, please contact SAM Public Relations. For images of works of art owned by SAM, please see Image Rights.

SAM reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce images of objects in its collection.

Cell Phones

Some special exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum feature a cell phone audio tour that lets you use your personal cell phone to access information on select works of art. Outside of that special circumstance, we ask that you silence your cell phone while in the galleries. Cell phones may be used at the Olympic Sculpture Park, in the Seattle Asian Art Museum's Fuller Garden Court, in the Seattle Art Museum's Brotman Forum and South Hall, and in SAM Shops and MARKET Seattle.

Sketching in the GAlleries

Sketching with pencil and charcoal is permitted in all galleries of the museum devoted to SAM's collection. The use of ink, fountain pens, or watercolors is prohibited.​​​​​​​

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Find answers to our most frequently asked questions.

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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.

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