SAM Visitor COVID-19 Notice, Waiver, and Release
Seattle Art Museum (SAM) has implemented many measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19, however, we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your visit; an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. SAM visitors enter of their own will and at their own risk. By purchasing or reserving a ticket and visiting SAM, visitors accept such risk of exposure and knowingly waive and release Seattle Art Museum (and its trustees, officers, directors, employees and agents) from any and all liability, claims, demands, and causes of action whatsoever, including without limitation those caused by negligence, in any way related to COVID-19. This waiver and release is binding on visitors’ guardians, assigns, heirs, administrators, and executors, in perpetuity.
We ask for visitor cooperation to help protect the health and safety of our community. Visitors must comply with all safety protocols set forth in SAM’s Visitor Policies, the
What to Know When You Visit SAM blog post and posted signage, as well as all instructions from SAM staff. SAM reserves the right to refuse admission to or eject any visitor failing to comply.
SAM may share your name and contact information with a governmental health authority should that information be requested for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes. By purchasing or reserving a ticket,
visitors consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of their contact information for these purposes, and acknowledge that these procedures do not create any right to notification. If you would like to opt out, please send an email to
Visitors traveling to Seattle must comply with the
Washington State COVID-19 Travel Advisory.
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/works include this notice, which means that photography is not allowed. Please note that photography is allowed only for personal, noncommercial use, with the following restrictions:
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
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.
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 Seattle Asian Art Museum's Fuller Garden Court, in the Seattle Art Museum's Brotman Forum and South Hall, and in SAM Shops and MARKET Seattle.
Sketching in the GAlleries
Sketching with pencil 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.