Seattle Art Museum Downtown
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101-2003
For complete contact information, see our Contact Us page.
New Museum Hours Starting July 1, 2013
Wednesday: 10 am–5
Thursday: 10 am–9 pm
Friday–Sunday: 10 am–5
Suggested General Admission Prices
- $19.50 Adult
- $17.50 Senior (62+), Military (with ID)
- $12.50 Student (with ID), Teen (13–17)
- FREE for children (12 and under)
- FREE for SAM members
Includes access to the
SAM collections and installations cell phone audio guide.
SAM is part of Teen Tix, a free arts access pass that allows teenagers to purchase $5 rush tickets to theater, dance, music and visual arts events. Teens must present this pass in person to get a $5 ticket at the SAM Ticketing Desk. Sign up online to get your pass.
All free day programs include access to special exhibitions as well as all SAM collections and installations. Exceptions may apply to special exhibits that carry a surcharge.
First Thursdays: Free to all
- First Friday: Free to Seniors (age 62+)
Special exhibit surcharge:
- First Thursdays
- Adults $9
- Seniors (62+) and Military with ID $8
- Students $6
- SAM Members, Teens (13-19), and Children (12 & under) FREE
- First Fridays
- Special exhibition surcharge
- Seniors (age 62+) $8
Open on the following holidays:
- Presidents Day, Monday, February 18, 2013
- Easter, Sunday, March 31, 2013
- Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, 2013
- Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2013
- Day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 29, 2013
Closed on the following holidays:
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, 2013
- Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013
- Columbus Day, Monday, October 14, 2013
- Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013
- Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28, 2013
- Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, 2013
- Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2013
- New Year's Eve, Tuesday, December 31, 2013
- New Year's Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Directions and Maps
The museum entrance is located on First Avenue on the corner of Union Street.
- Heading North: I-5 to Seneca Street exit (#165), west on Seneca Street
to First Avenue, and turn right (north).
- Heading South: I-5 to Union Street exit (#165B), west (toward Puget Sound)
on Union Street to First Avenue.
- From I-90: Heading west, merge onto I-5 North, take Madison Street
exit (#2C). Turn left on Madison and right on First Avenue.
3rd and Stewart Garage
Up to 4 hours for $6
Request a discount voucher at the SAM Ticketing Desk to apply as you leave the garage. The garage is about 4 blocks from SAM’s 1st Avenue and Union Street entrance, with entrance on Stewart Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.
Russell Investment Center Garage
Entrance is below the SAM building on Union Street between First and Second Avenues.
Monday–Friday: 6 am–10 pm
Saturday: 9 am–midnight
Sunday: 10 am–10 pm
This is an ADA-accessible garage; it has an elevator that will leave you around the corner from the museum’s main entrance or inside the museum. More information....
Drop-off areas for visitors with special needs, other paid parking lots and metered parking are available near
the Seattle Art Museum. See real-time downtown parking information courtesy of the city of Seattle.
Need to park your bike? There are bike racks on the corners of First Avenue and Union Street, Second Avenue and Union Street, Second Avenue and University Street and First Avenue and University Street.
Contact the following transit systems for detailed rider information:
For a list of buses that stop near SAM Downtown visit Metro's website.
Visitors with Disabilities
Museum facilities are wheelchair accessible and we offer a variety of
services for the visually and hearing impaired. More
Art Sales and Rental Gallery. Now located inside SAM Shop at the downtown Seattle Art Museum.
Open the same hours as the downtown museum.
Always free and open to the public.
More Gallery Information...
The SAM SHOP is located in the North Building on the First Floor next to the SAM TASTE Restaurant. Visitors can enter from the street level on First Avenue or from Sarkowsky Hall at the new museum entrance.
Open the same hours as the downtown museum.
Museum members receive a 10% discount at all SAM SHOP locations. Contact the store at 206.654.3120.
More Store Information...
Open for lunch, happy hour and dinner
Tuesday & Wednesday: 11 am–5 pm
Thursday–Saturday: 11 am–9 pm
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28: Closed
Sunday: 11 am–4 pm (all day brunch)
Make a reservation online
TASTE punch cards are here.
TASTE Restaurant & Events nourishes its community of guests with great food made from the best local ingredients in an inviting atmosphere, while minimizing the impact on our environment. Enjoy an array of small and large plates from our weekly changing seasonally inspired menus created by our Executive Chef Craig Hetherington and a list of our excellent NW focused wine and beer lists.
Check out TASTE on:
Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library
Wednesday–Friday: 10 am–4 pm
Although primarily geared to support the museum staff, docents and educators, the library is open to members and the general public. The library offers a number of resources to aid you in your research or educational endeavors.
- People and Places at SAM: Exploring SAM's Galleries
View creatively installed galleries and discuss outstanding artwork from SAM’S unique collections.
- In Focus Gallery Talks
These 30-minute gallery discussions focus on a single gallery, allowing the visitor to experience works of art in depth. Topics rotate regularly.
- New @ Noon
Featuring works of art new to the museum or freshly back on view, New @ Noon gallery talks are 20-minute discussions focused one or two works of art.
- My Favorite Things
Special guests—including visual artists, dancers, curators, critics and more—are invited to select their favorite works of art in SAM's galleries to discuss during these 30-minute tours.
- Special Exhibitions
Explore the special exhibitions at SAM Downtown on these 60-minute tours designed to illuminate exhibition themes and present diverse perspectives on the art on view.
- Tea Ceremony Demonstrations
Experience chado, “the way of tea,” in the superbly crafted
teahouse located in the Asian Galleries. The time-honored living
art brings a fresh paradigm for thoughtful and harmonious
SAM offers docent-led tours for private groups. Private tour groups pay a flat-rate tour fee in addition to discounted admission. Tours are 60 minutes in length and need to be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. To schedule a private tour, please fill out our private tour request form. Questions? Please call 206.344.5260 or email email@example.com.
Planning to bring a crowd? Groups of 10 or more get a discount with advanced reservation. Call 206.344.5260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit our group visits section for more information.
Plan an Event
Plan your next event at SAM Downtown. A variety of stunning spaces are available to serve small and intimate gatherings as well as large gala celebrations.
Lost and Found
Do you think you may have lost something at the Seattle Art Museum? Report your lost article using this form, and we will let you know if it turns up.
Planning a visit to Seattle? Take advantage of special offers from our hotel partners.
Slide Review by Curators
SAM curators regularly review artist submissions in the form of slides and DVDs. Materials may be sent to the Curatorial Department, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98101-2003. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your material returned. Due to the volume of submissions received, please allow at least 6 weeks for a response.
Learn more about the art councils and council events.
The Annual Betty Bowen Memorial Award Competition takes place each spring, juried by the Betty Bowen Committee, which includes local artists and SAM curators.
Links to art-funding resources.
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, including the Simonyi Special Exhibition Galleries, include this notice, which means that photography is not allowed in those galleries.
Please note that photography is allowed only for personal, noncommercial use, with the following restrictions:
- No tripods
- No flash photography
- No movie or video cameras
For press and other special photography, including filming and videotape projects, please contact the SAM Public Relations office at email@example.com. For images of works of art owned by SAM, please see Image Rights and Reproductions.
SAM reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce images of objects in its collection.