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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.

Learn More​​​​

Seattle Art Museum

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 two 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 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​​​

 

 

IMAGES: Photo: Rebekah Voeller.