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Seattle Art Museum and SAM Shop, Books, and Gallery are open as follows:

FRIDAY – SUNDAY ​10 AM – 5 PM​​​​


Beginning May 30 though September 5 the Seattle Art Museum will be open on Mondays!​


SAM Collections & Installations

​Includes access to all collections, installations, and special exhibitions.

ADULTS $19.95
Seniors (62+) $17.95
Military (With ID) $17.95 / Free  May 30 – SEP 5
Students (With ID) $12.95
Teens (13 – 19) $12.95​
Children (12 & Under) FREE
SAM Members FREE

Visitors may choose to pay what they can to view SAM’s collections; excludes special exhibitions.​

Seattle Art Museum is a Blue Star Museum

Active military personnel and up to five family members are offered free admission from Memorial Day to Labor Day. We will also offer free admission to any retired or non-active military personnel members during this time. Just show your military ID at the admission desk.

FREE​​ & Discounted DAYS

First Thursdays

SAM Collections & installations FREE TO ALL​
Special exhibition half price​


S​AM Collections & installations FREE TO SE​NIORS​
Special exhibition half price TO seniors​​​​​​



Mon May 30 2016
Memorial Day

Mon Jul 4 2016
Independence Day

Mon Sep 5 2016
Labor Day

Fri nov 25 2016
Day After Thanksgiving

sat Dec 24 2016
Christmas Eve
close at 3 pm

sun Dec 31 2016
New Years Eve

mon jan 1 2017
New Years Day


Thu Nov 24 2016
Thanksgiving Day

sun Dec 25 2016
Christmas Day​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Russell Investment Center Garage

WEEKEND-ONLY parking discount: up to 4 hours for $6. Request a discount voucher at the SAM Ticketing Desk to apply as you leave the garage. Normal garage rates apply after 4 hours. Entrance is on Union Street Between First and Second Avenues adjacent to the SAM building.​

Regular daily rates apply for weekdays. View more information here​. Garage height limit is 6' 7".

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 deposit you around the corner from the museum’s main entrance or inside the museum.

Drop-off areas for visitors with special needs are available near the Seattle Art Museum. See Accessibility for more information.​​​

3rd and Stewart Garage

Up to 4 hours for $8

Request a discount voucher at the SAM Ticketing Desk to apply as you leave the garage. The garage is 4 blocks from SAM’s 1st Avenue and Union Street entrance, with the entrance on Stewart Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.



The museum entrance is located on 1st Ave and Union St. View the Seattle Art Museum in relation to the Olympic Sculpture Park and the Asian Art Museum on this map.

Heading north: I-5 to Seneca St exit (#165), west on Seneca St to 1st Ave, and turn right (north) on 1st Ave. SAM will be on your right between Union and University Streets.

Heading south: I-5 to Union St exit (#165B), west (toward Puget Sound) on Union St to 1st Ave. SAM will be on your left between Union and University Streets.

From I-90: Heading west, merge onto I-5 North; take Madison St exit (#2C). Turn left on Madison and right on 1st Ave. SAM will be on your right between Union and University Streets.​​​​​​​


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Open during museum hours; admission not required.​

SAM Books offers the best selection of art and design titles in the city. At SAM Shop, you can purchase locally made jewelry, textiles, ceramics, Native carvings, a​nd children’s toys. And SAM Gallery presents a stellar selection of original art from contemporary Northwest artists for rent or purchase.​​​​​​​

Museum members receive a 10% discount at SAM Books and SAM Shop​!

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Taste is currently open for grab and go while we are in the process of renovating our space! You’ll be able to enjoy the same high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients, just in a more casual, streamlined café setting, with counter service. Look for seasonally driven hearty soups, salads, and inventive sandwiches as well as specials inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions. We look forward to reopening with a fast, convenient, nourishing new Taste for you! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

Wednesday 11 am – 5 pm
Thursday 11 am – 9 pm
Friday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

Public Tours

Tour times and topics vary throughout the year. Tours are FREE with museum admission.

People and Places at SAM: Exploring SAM's Galleries
View creatively installed galleries and discuss outstanding artwork from SAM’S 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.

My Favorite Things
Seattle's highly opinionated 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. What they choose is always a surprise.​

Special Exhibitions
Explore the special exhibitions on these 60-minute tours designed to illuminate themes and present diverse perspectives on the art on view.

Art Beyond Sight Tours
The Art Beyond Sight program provides monthly tours of the museum’s collection to visitors with low or no vision. Find more information regarding accessibility at SAM here​.

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Schoo​l Tours

​​Are you ​an educator? You can find school tour information here.​

Group Vi​sits

Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more. ​

For K-12 visits and school tours, please find more information here.

Private Tours

Enhance your group’s visit with a one-hour private tour, led by a knowledgeable guide who can provide an insider’s view of the museum. Tours may be customized to focus on a specific exhibition or highlight of the collection at any of our three locations. Groups pay a flat-rate tour fee in addition to discounted admission. Three weeks' advanced notice is required to reserve a private tour, and three business days for self-guided tours. Each private tour can accommodate up to 30 people.

Discounted Group Ticket Rates

Adults $17 (REG. $19.95)
Seniors (62+) $15 (reg. $17.95)
Students (with id) $11 (reg. $12.95)

Members and children (12 & under) are always FREE!

Cancellation Policy

  • The final guest count and payment are due 10 days prior to your reservation.

  • Please note that after that time, no changes or refunds can be processed.

  • You will be charged for at least 10 people in order to meet the discounted group rate.​​

Questions about group visits?

Email​ or call 206.654.3112.​​​​​​​​

Plan an Event

Wow your guests by hosting your next meeting or event at the Seattle Art Museum. Easily transformed to reflect your personality and vision, SAM will make your next event a masterpiece with its spectacular exhibitions and stunning interiors.

We offer​ a variety of room options, accommodating groups of 15 to 1,500 people.​


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

For more information about accessibility, please email us or call 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. There is also a 15-minute permanent load zone on 2nd Avenue between University and Union Streets.

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 206.654.3123.​

Upcoming Art Beyond Sight Tours​​ Jun 18 2016Art Beyond Sight Tour: Graphic Masters


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.


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. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Bullitt Library

The Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library is a research library that supports study on general art history as well as on objects in SAM's collection in the areas of African art, American art, Australian Aboriginal and Oceanic art, classical, ancient Mediterranean and Islamic art, decorative arts, European art, modern and contemporary art, Native American art, Northwest art, and photography. The Bullitt Library also supports research on objects and themes associated with exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum. Located on the fifth floor. FREE and open to the public. ​


Wed – Fri 10 am – 4 pm​​​
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Visitor Po​licies

Lost and Found

Do you think you may have lost something? Report your lost article using this form, and we will let you know if it turns up.


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 or "selfie sticks"

  • No f​lash photography

  • No movie or video cameras

For press and other special photography, including filming and video projects, please contact SAM Public Relations. For images of works of art owned by SAM, please see Image Rights.

SAM reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce images of objects in its collection.

Cell Phones

Some special exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum feature a cell phone audio tour that lets you use your personal cell phone to access information on select works of art. Outside of that special circumstance, we ask that you silence your cell phone while in the galleries. Cell phones may be used at the Olympic Sculpture Park, in the Asian Art Museum's Fuller Garden Court, in the Seattle Art Museum's Brotman Forum and South Hall, and in SAM Shops and Taste.

Sketching in the GAlleries

Sketching with pencil, pastel, and charcoal is permitted in all galleries of the museum devoted to SAM's collection. The use of ink, fountain pens, or watercolors is prohibited.​​​​​​​