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Seattle art museum

Seattle Art Museum

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

COVID-19 Update

Masks are no longer required to enter the museum, but visitors are encouraged to wear them for their personal safety and comfort. Additionally, the vaccine verification requirement to enter the museum is no longer in effect per Public Health—Seattle & King County. Safety protocols can change and evolve rapidly. Join our email list to stay up-to-date with the latest information.

Temporary Gallery Closures: Occasionally we need to close or limit access to galleries to install new exhibitions or rotate sensitive artworks. This isn’t something we like to do often, but we hope you’ll bear with us because the result will be new art for you to enjoy.


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

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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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

Purchase tickets in advance and save! Ticket prices increase $3 if you wait until the day of your visit to purchase. Plan ahead and purchase tickets online to get the best price! Tickets are released online the first Thursday of the month on a rolling basis.

SAM has a dynamic and rotating roster of exhibitions on view throughout the year. Admission includes access to all exhibitions currently on view in the museum, which, at any given time, includes over 15 exhibitions and installations of art from SAM’s global collection or loaned works.

 
Advance Day of
SAM MEMBERS
FREE FREE
ADULTS
$29.99
$32.99
SENIORS (65+)
$24.99 $27.99
MILITARY (WITH ID) $24.99 $27.99
STUDENTS (WITH ID)
$19.99 $22.99
TEENS (15–19) $19.99 $22.99
CHILDREN (14 & UNDER)
FREE FREE

Free & Discounted Tickets

SAM wants everyone to experience the art in our galleries and we offer many ways to visit the museum for free or at a reduced rate. Learn more about discount programs available at SAM.

Holidays

OPEN

SAT DEC 24 2022
10 AM – 3 PM
CHRISTMAS EVE

SUN JAN 1 2023
NEW YEAR'S DAY

MON MAY 29 2023
MEMORIAL DAY

MON SEP 4 2023
LABOR DAY

CLOSED

THU NOV 24 2022
THANKSGIVING

SUN DEC 25 2022
CHRISTMAS DAY

Parking

Parking vouchers are required to receive discounted rates and can be picked up at the ticketing desk before you return to your vehicle.

Russell Investment Center Garage

Discounted Saturday-Sunday only
Up to four hours of parking for $8

Located under the museum, the garage entrance is on Union Street between First and Second Avenues. This is an ADA-accessible garage with an elevator that will deposit you around the corner from the museum’s main entrance or inside the museum. When exiting the garage insert your voucher after your ticket for the discount to apply. 

3rd and Stewart Garage

Discounted Wednesday-Sunday
Up to four hours for $10
Over four hours, all hours revert to full price

The garage is located four blocks from SAM, on Stewart Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

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


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​!

Learn More​​​

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

MonDAY & TueSDAY
CLOSED
WedNESDAY – SunDAY
11 am – 8 pm

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Public Tours

Upcoming public tours can be found on our calendar.

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

SAM offers reduced admission rates to groups of 10 or more. Guided and self-guided visits are available at Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum. Reservations are required. Requests for self-guided visits must be submitted at least two weeks in advance, and guided tour requests must be submitted at least three weeks in advance.

To request a group visit, please complete our guided or self-guided request form.

Self-guided Request Form

Guided Request Form


If you are a K-12 school group, please do not fill out these forms and instead visit School Programs.

For questions about group visits, please contact us at groupvisits@seattleartmuseum.org.

Please be sure to review our Group Guidelines below in advance of your visit.

  • Payment must be received in advance of your visit. Tickets are non-refundable.

  • Membership benefits and other discounts do not apply to group visits.

  • All groups must have a designated group leader to check in and collect tickets at the Ticketing Desk. If your group does not have a designated group leader, please assign one prior to your arrival.

  • Groups larger than 30 people will have to split into smaller groups upon arrival and stagger their entry into the galleries.

  • Please be mindful to not block entryways or corridors.

  • Groups are not permitted to join museum-led public tours.

  • Museum staff lecturing in the galleries have priority. Please yield space to museum tours and programs.

  • Galleries sometimes close for renovation or reinstallation. SAM cannot guarantee access to all galleries at all times. For up-to-date gallery information, contact the Customer Service Center at 206.654.3210 or customerservice@seattleartmuseum.org.

  • All group members should familiarize themselves with and follow our Visitor Guidelines.

  • During your visit, please follow the guidance of SAM Security and Staff.

Group Admission Rates

Seattle Art Museum
 
ADULTS
$27
SENIORS (65+)
$22
MILITARY $22
STUDENT $17
CHILDREN (14 & UNDER)
FREE
Seattle Asian Art Museum
 
ADULTS
$12
SENIORS (65+)
$10
MILITARY $10
STUDENTS $7
CHILDREN (14 & UNDER)
FREE

Guided Tours: Admission plus an additional fee of $150 per tour (covers up to 20 people)

Discounts are available for qualified tour operators and local community and non-profit organizations. Please inquire at groupvisits@seattleartmuseum.org.

Group Admission Rates For King County Colleges

Seattle Art Museum
 
STUDENTS $5
PROFESSORS $7.50
Seattle Asian Art Museum
 
STUDENTS $2.50
PROFESSORS $3.75

Guided Tours: Admission plus an additional fee of $75 per tour (covers up to 20 people)

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM

A Closer Look
Enjoy a guided look at highlights from SAM's permanent collections with an experienced docent. Engage with art and explore diverse personal connections in this private experience.

SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM

Journeys Through Time and Space
The newly renovated and expanded Seattle Asian Art Museum breaks boundaries to offer a thematic exploration of art from the world’s largest continent. From themes of worship and celebration to clothing and identity, nature and power to birth and death, the new collections installation reveals the complexity and diversity of Asia—a place of distinct cultures, histories, and belief systems that help shape our world today.

OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK

Site, Sculpture, Shoreline
Explore the Olympic Sculpture Park’s dynamic spaces, learning about the design and layout of the park, the site history from the Duwamish to Unocal, selected sculptures and more. Bring your walking shoes for this 60 minute adventure!

We also take requests for tours of select exhibitions. Please inquire at groupvisits@seattleartmuseum.org.

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.

Learn More

Libraries

Please note the Bullitt Library and Educator Resouce Center are closed until further notice.


Visitor Guidelines

Through art, SAM fosters creativity and builds community. We continually strive to create a safe and welcoming experience across our three locations—Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and Olympic Sculpture Park—so that all visitors are able to fully engage, learn, and be inspired by the art, programs, and events. Please take a moment to review these visitor guidelines to ensure the best experience for everyone while visiting the museum.

PLEASE DO

  • Have fun! Feel free to take your time to experience the museum’s art and spaces and enjoy your visit.

  • The museum welcomes young people and their parents and caregivers. Just remember: Young people 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

  • Service animals, defined as animals that are trained for the purpose of assisting or accommodating a sensory, mental, or physical condition of a person, are welcome in the museum. Pets are not permitted.

  • Breastfeeding is allowed throughout all three locations. Bottle-feeding is allowed in the Seattle Art Museum’s Brotman Forum downtown and the Knudsen Family Room on the third floor. At the Seattle Asian Art Museum, bottle-feeding is allowed in the Fuller Garden Court.

  • Strollers of all sizes are permitted in the galleries.

  • Bags, backpacks, and baby carriers smaller than 11"x15" may be carried by hand or worn on the front of the body in the galleries. Bags larger than 11"x15" must be left at the complimentary coat check at the Seattle Art Museum or in the self-serve lockers at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

  • Sketching and writing in the galleries is encouraged. Please use regular lead or colored pencils only; no pens, paints, or pastels are allowed in the galleries.

  • Photography is encouraged! Non-commercial photography and videography for personal use is welcome in the galleries unless otherwise indicated by a “No Photography” icon. To protect the art, no extension cords, tripods, “selfie sticks,” flashbulbs, or artificial lighting are allowed in the galleries.

  • Be mindful and considerate of the safety and experience of others. Keep doorways and hallways accessible to other visitors. No running, rough play, or disruptive behavior is allowed. Please keep voices low and silence or use headphones with cellphones while in the galleries; no incoming or outgoing calls are allowed.

  • Please be respectful and courteous of other visitors. Abusive, harassing, discriminatory, or threatening statements or behavior toward SAM staff or visitors will not be tolerated.

  • Please follow the instructions of the museum’s security officers. They are there to ensure the safety of all staff, volunteers, and visitors as well as to protect the artworks on display.

PLEASE DON'T

  • Regardless of licenses or permits, absolutely no weapons of any kind are allowed on museum property.

  • Please do not touch any of the artworks on display. Touching harms the art, so please stay at least 12 inches away from the surface of any object. Raised platforms, stanchion, or lines around certain objects are there as a guide.

  • No food or drink of any kind, including water bottles, is allowed in the galleries.

  • No smoking or vaping is allowed inside any museum property or within 25’ of any public entrance.

  • Please leave wet coats, jackets, and umbrellas in our complimentary coat check to ensure safety.

  • Shoes, tops, and bottoms must be worn while inside the Seattle Art Museum and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. No bathing suit attire is permitted at either location.

  • Visitors may not wear any masks, hoods, or full face paint which obscures the majority of the face or covers the head completely. Medical masks and religious coverings are allowed.

  • No lighter-than-air (helium) balloons of any kind are allowed at the Seattle Art Museum or Seattle Asian Art Museum.

  • No plant material such as flowers, branches, leaves, or other organic material is allowed in the galleries.

SAM reserves the right to refuse or revoke the admission of any visitor whose conduct violates these guidelines or otherwise jeopardizes the safety of our staff, visitors, or the art.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

View FAQ

Member and Visitor Policies

Please review our Member and Visitor Policies here.


Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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