Seattle Art Museum

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 9 publications
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9 expert recommendations


Afar Magazine

Seattle's museum trifecta—the downtown Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the Olympic Sculpture Park—could keep even the most ardent museum lover busy for days. Full review →



The new wing houses modern and contemporary art, including a few pieces of note like Jackson Pollack's Sea Change, along with special exhibits and African and Islamic art.



Highlights SAM's permanent collection surveys American, Asian, Native American, African, Oceanic, and pre-Columbian art. Full review →


Frommer's 34

This large museum verges on world-class and should not be missed. With acres of gallery space and cutting-edge exhibit designs, this is definitely not your typical, stodgy art museum. Full review →


Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

While not comparable with the big guns in New York and Chicago, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is no slouch and is constantly updating. Full review →


Michelin Guide 54

Extensive permanent holdings. Full review →


On the Grid

Located in the heart of Downtown, the SAM’s installations and special exhibitions sit at the center of Seattle’s creative expression and energy, boasting a lot of heritage and PNW history Full review →

Be sure to check out the porcelain room on the 4th floor and the “art and life along the Northwest coast” exhibit.

Travel + Leisure

The ultrasleek new building now has 35 bright and pristine permanent galleries, including two with free admission that share the first and second floors with a chic restaurant. Full review →



The Seattle home of world-class exhibitions and collections Full review →

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