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. There is also a 15-minute permanent load zone on 2nd Avenue between University and Union Streets.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.