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Seattle Art Museum

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Seattle Art Museum

1300 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

One block from Pike Place Market, see exhibitions and art from around the world and across the centuries.

Map of all three Seattle Art Museum locations.
Map of all three Seattle Art Museum locations.





10 am–5 pm

Closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
SAM Shop & Gallery is open during museum hours. Find MARKET Seattle hours here.

Parking vouchers are required to receive discounted rates. Be sure to get yours at the Ticketing Desk.

Russell Investment Center Garage
Saturday & Sunday only
Up to four hours for $8

The garage entrance is on Union Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue. This is an ADA-accessible garage with an elevator that accesses the museum's second floor. When exiting the garage, insert your voucher after your ticket to apply the discount.

Multiple bike racks are available on-street and public racks can be accessed by ramp or elevator on Union between 1st and 2nd Avenue on the first parking level of the Russell Investment Center Garage.

3rd & Stewart Garage
Up to four hours for $10
Over four hours, all hours revert to full price.

The garage is four blocks from SAM, on Stewart Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. Drop-off areas for visitors are available on the south side of Union Street and the east side of 1st Avenue near Union Street, between 9 am–3 pm.


Enter at First Avenue and Union Street

What’s on at Seattle Art Museum


Admission includes access to all exhibitions at the museum.

Ticket Types


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Day of

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Seniors (65+)
Military (with ID)
Student (with ID)
Teens (15-19)
Children (14 & Under)

Free First Thursdays & First Fridays

On First Thursdays, admission is FREE to all. On First Fridays, admission is $5
for Seniors.

Group Visits

SAM offers reduced admission to groups of 10 or more. Learn more


Free and reduced admission is available. Learn more

See it first. See it free.

Become a SAM member and enjoy free admission at all three locations!

What to know when you visit

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Free coat check

Backpacks, large bags, or items 
larger than 11x15 inches are not allowed
in the galleries.

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Take pictures! No flash, non-commercial photography and videography is welcome except by “No Photography” icons.

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Please don’t touch!

Touching harms the art, so please stay at least 12 inches away from the surface of any object.

Smartphone tours

Enjoy audio and interactive content on your own device for free.

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For families

Strollers and breastfeeding are allowed everywhere. Strollers are available at Coat Check. Bottle feed in the Brotman Forum or the Knudsen Family Room. Children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

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Get creative

Use pencils to sketch and write in the galleries. Pens, paints, and pastels are not allowed.


SAM strives to create an enriching experience for all visitors and provides accessibility options at all of our locations.
  • Shop in person & online

    Find original art, uncommon objects, contemporary home decor, inspiring toys, locally crafted jewelry, art and design books, and more—all at SAM Shop & Gallery.

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  • Eat at MARKET

    Taste the culinary bounty of the sea at the Fishmonger & Eatery’s newest location.

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  • Bullitt Library

    Schedule an appointment to access thousands of books, exhibition catalogues, journals, videos, and ephemera on art history and SAM.

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Take a tour

Visit FAQ

During the pandemic, SAM closed a few public areas of the museum, some remain closed to all visitors—these include:

At the Seattle Art Museum, only the First and Union entrance is currently open. The south entrance (the Hammering Man entrance) and the South Hall are temporarily closed to the public.

The south wing of the museum—including South Hall and South Hall restrooms, the Grand Staircase, Chase Open Studio, the Ann P. Wyckoff Education Resource Center, the Bullitt Library, and some family spaces.

Occasionally SAM needs to close galleries or limit access at our locations in order to install new exhibitions or rotate sensitive artworks. This isn’t something we like to do often but, when it happens, we hope you’ll bear with us because the result will be new art for you to enjoy.

SAM remains a mask-friendly space. Visitors are encouraged to wear masks for their personal safety and comfort. We also ask visitors experiencing flu, cold, or similar symptoms to visit another time.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public setting. SAM can’t guarantee you won’t be exposed to COVID-19 during your visit; by visiting SAM you accept this risk of exposure.

We do not require timed ticketing for our current exhibitions. Due to popularity, there may be a brief wait to enter Calder: In Motion, The Shirley Family Collection. Please plan accordingly.

Host your gathering here

Wow your guests—SAM’s three locations offer unique and art-filled venue experiences.