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Accessibility

The Seattle Art Museum strives to be accessible for all visitors and provides a variety of support services to assist with your visit.

Gold Card or FLASH Card holders are eligible for a reduced price admission ticket. SAM also offers free or discounted passes for community organizations or colleges and universities.

Information about accessibility services at each location is available at the links below:

For more information about accessibility, please email us or call 206.654.3210​.

Art Beyond Sight Tours

The Art Beyond Sight program provides monthly tours of the museum’s collection to visitors with low or no vision.

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Seattle Art Museum

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Visitors to Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors (July 30–September 10) who use mobility devices, are unable to stand in line, or are sensitive to flickering lights and enclosed spaces should be advised.

Visitors will have 20-30 seconds in each room, as designated by the artist. A room attendant will escort visitors in and out.

We anticipate that there will be lines outside each room. If you are unable to stand while in line, please speak to a staff member about borrowing a folding gallery stool.

30” by 60” ramps with a rise of 2.8” approach each room, with a flat 60” by 60” landing area at the top, outside each door. Standard wheelchairs and other mobility devices less than 30” wide can enter and exit the Infinity Mirror Rooms one at a time. Inside each Infinity Mirror Room is a short runway, 30” to 47” wide depending on the room. Once inside, wheelchairs will not be able to turn around, and visitors must be able to back straight out of the room.

The Infinity Mirror Room, Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity includes flickering gold lanterns. Please note the lights will go completely dark before beginning to flicker.

The immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms can be disorienting for people who rely on a steady visual field for balance. Please consider borrowing a wheelchair from our Coat Check if you are concerned about your balance while visiting the exhibition.

For visitors who cannot physically enter the Infinity Mirror Rooms, please ask staff for alternative ways to experience the exhibition.

If you have other questions about accessibility and Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, please email us or contact the Customer Service Center at 206.654.3210.

Drop-Off Area and Parking

There is a drop-off area in front of the main entrance to the Seattle Art Museum on the east side of 1st Avenue near Union Street. This is a three-minute load/unload zone and is valid 9 am to 3 pm.

Accessible parking is available in the Russel Investments Center Garage. The entrance is on Union Street Between First and Second Avenues adjacent to the SAM building. This is an ADA-accessible garage; it has an elevator that will deposit you around the corner from the museum’s main entrance or inside the museum. Garage height limit is 6' 7".​ Regular rates apply.

Wheelchair Loan

The Seattle Art Museum's facilities are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available through the coat check at the 1st Avenue and Union Street entrance. A piece of identification must be left with the coat check attendant​ for wheelchair loan. Wheelchairs are on a first-come, first-served basis and the number of wheelchairs is limited.

Art Beyond Sight Tours

The Art Beyond Sight program provides regular tours of the museum’s collection to visitors with low or no vision. Tours are held at all three SAM locations and are free with advance registration. Private tours are also available upon request. For more information, please email us or call 206.654.3133.​

Upcoming Tours​​​

Assistive Listening Devices

Infrared hearing devices are available for programs in the Plestcheeff Auditorium and Nordstrom Lecture Hall. Please contact a SAM employee at the South Hall Admissions Desk for more information prior to the start of the event.

TTY Telephones

The museum has a TTY (Text Telephone) for outgoing and incoming calls. The TTY number is 206.654.3137 and is located at coat check at the 1st Avenue and Union Street entrance.

Sign Language for Public Tours

Sign language is available for all public tours upon request with four weeks'​ notice. Please ​email us, call 206.654.3137 (TTY) or 206.654.3123 (voice) for more information. Printed copies of the current audio tour may be available at the Ticketing Desk.

Low Vision Services

Magnifiers for use in the museum galleries, educational resource rooms, and the Bullitt Library are available at the 1st Avenue and Union Street coat check. A piece of identification must be left for magnifier loan. Printed Low Vision Map & Guides are available at the Ticketing Desk.

Audio Guide for Low/No Vision Visitors

For certain special exhibitions, an audio guide with extended visual descriptions and braille instructions may be available. Please contact the Ticketing Desk for more information.

Plestcheeff Auditorium and Nordstrom Lecture Hall

Wheelchair seating is available. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Olympic Sculpture Park

Drop-off Zone

A three-minute passenger load zone is located on southbound Western Avenue before the Broad Street intersection.

Wheelchair-Accessible Parking & Pavilion Access

As always, visitors are welcome to park in a metered parking space if any are available in the area. There are also three disabled parking spots in the Olympic Sculpture Park garage located on Broad Street. Please note, parking is limited in this garage and there is a parking fee. An elevator is located in the parking garage for easy entrance to the Pavilion and the park.

Wheelchair Loan

Wheelchairs are available at the front desk in the Olympic Sculpture Park Pavilion. Identification must be left at the front desk for the wheelchair loan.

Park Access

The Olympic Sculpture Park has ADA accessible ramps, and the main Z path through the park is graded to provide universal access.

Sign Language for Public Tours

Sign language is available for all public tours upon request with two weeks'​ notice. Please email us, call 206.654.3137 (TTY) or 206.654.3123 (voice) for more information.

Art Beyond Sight Tours

The Art Beyond Sight program provides regular tours of the museum’s collection to visitors with low or no vision. Tours are held at all three SAM locations and are free with advance registration. Private tours are also available upon request. For more information, please email us or call 206.654.3133.​​​​​​​​​

Upcoming Tours​​​​

Art Beyond Sight Tours

The Art Beyond Sight program provides regular tours of the museum’s collection to visitors with low or no vision. Tours are held at all three SAM locations and are free with advance registration. Private tours are also available upon request. For more information, email us or call 206.654.3133.

Upcoming Art Beyond Sight Tours​​​

 

 

http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=53892Wed Jun 21 2017Art Beyond Sight Tour: Olympic Sculpture Park