Seattle Art Museum (SAM)
Seattle Art Museum (SAM)
Seattle Art Museum (SAM)

Seattle Art Museum (SAM) Tours and Tickets

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Located in downtown Seattle, the Seattle Art Museum has a wide-ranging collection, from Native American masterpieces to cutting-edge installations. This Seattle institution, known affectionately as SAM, is a playground for art lovers; temporary exhibitions with creative flair ensure every visit is as fresh as the first.

  • 1300 1st Ave., Seattle, Washington, 98101

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Q:Is the Seattle Art Museum worth visiting?
A:Yes, the Seattle Art Museum is worth visiting. Housed in a light-filled building near Pike Place Market, it's among Seattle's top attractions. Permanent collection highlights go from Native American artwork to decorative arts, Islamic art, and artifacts from across the ancient Mediterranean. Well-curated rotating exhibits change frequently, rewarding multiple visits.
Q:Does the Seattle Art Museum require reservations?
A:It's wise to book Seattle Art Museum tickets in advance. The museum has limited capacity, and tickets do sometimes sell out. Booking in advance also saves money because ticket prices increase for same-day admission. If you're attending a special event at the Seattle Art Museum, booking ahead is essential.
Q:How long does it take to walk through the Seattle Art Museum?
A:Some visitors walk through the Seattle Art Museum in an hour. Still, it's nice to have more time. Two or three hours are enough to explore the permanent collections and rotating exhibits. You'll need additional time to visit the museum's 9-acre (3.6-hectare) Olympic Sculpture Park on the Seattle waterfront.
Q:Can you take pictures in the Seattle Art Museum?
A:Yes, you can take photos and videos in the Seattle Art Museum. The museum welcomes photography and videography for personal use unless a no photography icon indicates otherwise. It's best to leave your tripods, selfie sticks, extension cords, and artificial lighting at home because they're not allowed in the museum.
Q:How much is parking at the Seattle Art Museum?
A:Admission to the Seattle Art Museum includes discounted parking at a garage on Stewart Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. To get discounted parking, request a voucher at the Seattle Art Museum ticketing desk as you leave the garage. Additional un-discounted parking is available at the Russell Investment Center Garage.
Q:How much time do you need at the Seattle Art Museum?
A:You need at least an hour to visit the Seattle Art Museum. That's enough for a quick look at the permanent collections spanning art from Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean, and beyond. To see the rotating exhibits, set aside two or three hours—some visitors spend even longer at the museum.