The Seattle Art Museum strives to be accessible for all visitors and provides a variety of support services to assist with your visit.
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.
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.
The ACCESS program provides monthly 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
UPCOMING ACCESS TOURS
4/25/2015 (Sat) 10:00-11:30 am
Touch Tour on Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection, at SAM
5/27/2015 (Wed) 11:00-12:15 pm
Visual Description on Permanent Collection, at Seattle Asian Art Museum
6/17/2015 (Wed) 11:00-12:15 pm
Visual Description on Permanent Collection, at Olympic Sculpture Park
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.
Hearing-Impaired Services for Public Tours
Sign language is available for all public tours upon request with four weeks' notice. Please 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.
Visually Impaired 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.