SAM Visitor COVID-19 Notice, Waiver, and Release
Seattle Art Museum (SAM) has been thoughtfully planning for reopening in alignment with Governor Inslee’s SAFE START – STAY HEALTHY plan and recommendations of relevant state, local, and federal authorities. Although SAM has implemented many measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19, we cannot guarantee zero risk; a risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public setting. SAM visitors enter of their own will and at their own risk. By purchasing or reserving a ticket and visiting SAM,
visitors accept the 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 visitor protocols set forth in SAM’s
What to Know When SAM Reopens blog post and posted signs, and instructions from staff. SAM reserves the right to refuse or revoke entry of any visitor failing to comply.
SAM is collecting and retaining visitor contact information to allow for notification if a visitor may have been exposed to COVID-19. Contact information may be shared with public health officials if visitor has been exposed, and health officials will then contact you to answer your questions and provide resources. By purchasing or reserving a ticket,
visitors consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of their contact information, and acknowledge that these procedures do not create any right to notification. If you would like to opt out, please send an email to
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.
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:
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
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.
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 Taste.
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.