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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 Additionally, the vaccine verification requirement to enter the museum is no longer in effect per the latest guidance from Public Health—Seattle & King County.

Prefer to wear a mask? SAM is offering a mask-required hour in the galleries for visitors that prefer to wear masks and be around others wearing masks. This will occur on the third Saturday of the month through October 15 from 9–10 am at Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum. We will determine whether to extend the mask required hour beyond these initial dates based on the trajectory of COVID-19 and if there is demand for this additional hour. Online advance purchase is recommended.

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.

Please note: we are undergoing a series of reinstalls at the Seattle Art Museum in the upcoming months. Closing galleries isn’t something we like to do often, but we hope you’ll bear with us because the result will be new collections of art for you to enjoy.


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 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 online in advance and save $3! Ticket prices increase if you wait until the day of your visit to purchase so plan ahead and get the best price. Tickets are released online on a monthly rolling basis.

General Admission tickets get you into the museum and include access to the collection galleries and Frisson: The Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis Collection. To view Alberto Giacometti: Toward the Ultimate Figure, you can get the Special Exhibition ticket, which also includes General Admission access.

  Advance DAY OF
SAM MEMBERS
FREE FREE
ADULTS
$19.99
$22.99
SENIORS (65+)
$17.99 $20.99
MILITARY (WITH ID) $17.99 $20.99
STUDENTS (WITH ID)
$12.99 $15.99
TEENS (15–18) $12.99 $15.99
CHILDREN (14 & UNDER)
FREE FREE
  Advance Day Of
SAM MEMBERS
FREE FREE
ADULTS
$29.99
$32.99
SENIORS (65+)
$27.99 $30.99
MILITARY (WITH ID) $27.99 $30.99
STUDENTS (WITH ID)
$19.99 $22.99
TEENS (15–18) $19.99 $22.99
CHILDREN (14 & UNDER)
FREE 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 Free to All
Special Exhibiton Free to All

FIRST FRIDAYS

General Admission Free to Seniors
Special Exhibiton DISCOUNTED to SENIORS
$7.99 ADVANCE / $10.99 DAY OF

Holidays

OPEN

SUN JUN 19 2022
JUNETEENTH

MON SEP 5 2022
LABOR DAY

SAT DEC 24 2022
10 AM – 3 PM
CHRISTMAS EVE

CLOSED

MON JUL 4 2022
INDEPENDENCE DAY

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​!

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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

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

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.

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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 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.

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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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