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Seattle art museum

Seattle Art Museum

1300 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
206.654.3100 & TTY 206.654.3137

COVID-19 Update

Masks are no longer required to enter the museum, but visitors are encouraged to wear them for their personal safety and comfort. Additionally, the vaccine verification requirement to enter the museum is no longer in effect per the latest guidance from Public Health—Seattle & King County.

Prefer to wear a mask? SAM is offering a Masks Required Hour
Starting May 21, SAM will be offering a mask-required hour in the galleries for visitors that prefer to wear masks and be around others wearing masks. This will occur on the third Saturday of the month through July (May 21, June 18, July 16) from 9-10 am. Online advance purchase is recommended.

Safety protocols change and evolve rapidly. Join our email list to stay up-to-date or refer to What to Know When You Visit SAM for the for the latest information.

Please note: we are undergoing a series of reinstalls at the Seattle Art Museum in the upcoming months. Closing galleries isn’t something we like to do often, but we hope you’ll bear with us because the result will be new collections of art for you to enjoy.

Located downtown, one block from Pike Place Market, global art collections, temporary installations, and special exhibitions from around the world bridge cultures and centuries.

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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WEDNESDAY 10 am – 5 pm
10 am – 5 pm
FRIDAY 10 am – 5 pm
​10 am – 5 pm
10 am – 5 pm​​​​


Purchase tickets online in advance and save $3! Ticket prices increase if you wait until the day of your visit to purchase so plan ahead and get the best price. Tickets are released online on a monthly rolling basis.

General Admission tickets get you into the museum and include access to the collection galleries and Frisson: The Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis Collection. To view Alberto Giacometti: Toward the Ultimate Figure (opening July 7), you can get the Special Exhibition ticket, which also includes General Admission access.

  Advance DAY OF
$17.99 $20.99
MILITARY (WITH ID) $17.99 $20.99
$12.99 $15.99
TEENS (15–18) $12.99 $15.99
  Advance Day Of
$27.99 $30.99
MILITARY (WITH ID) $27.99 $30.99
$19.99 $22.99
TEENS (15–18) $19.99 $22.99

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Free & Discounted Tickets

SAM wants everyone to experience the art in our galleries and we have many opportunities for discounts and free days, including First Free Thursdays and First Fridays for seniors. Find more ways to get discounts to SAM.


General Admission Free to All
Special Exhibiton Free to All


General Admission Free to Seniors
Special Exhibiton DISCOUNTED to SENIORS
$7.99 ADVANCE / $10.99 DAY OF



SUN JUN 19 2022

MON SEP 5 2022

SAT DEC 24 2022
10 AM – 3 PM


MON JUL 4 2022

THU NOV 24 2022

SUN DEC 25 2022


Parking vouchers are required to receive discounted rates and can be picked up at the ticketing desk before you return to your vehicle.

Russell Investment Center Garage

Discounted Friday-Sunday only
Up to four hours of parking for $8

Located under the museum, the garage entrance is on Union Street between First and Second Avenues. This is an ADA-accessible garage with an elevator that will deposit you around the corner from the museum’s main entrance or inside the museum. When exiting the garage insert your voucher after your ticket for the discount to apply. 

3rd and Stewart Garage

Discounted Wednesday-Sunday
Up to four hours for $10
Over four hours, all hours revert to full price

The garage is located four blocks from SAM, on Stewart Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

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


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 Seattle Asian Art Museum on this map.

By Car

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.

By Public Transit

Visit the Metro website for a complete guide to Seattle's transit system and a map of nearby bus stops.

Sound Transit Link Light Rail University Street Station exits onto 2nd Ave, one block east of SAM's entrances.

By Bike

See the SDOT interactive bike map for all levels of riders. 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.

By Ferry

Boats from West Seattle, Bremerton, and Bainbridge, Blake, Vashon, and Vancouver Islands disembark within walking distance from SAM.


Planning a visit to Seattle? Take advantage of special offers from our hotel partners.

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SAM Shop & Gallery

At SAM Shop, you can purchase books, 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.​​​​​​​ Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm, during museum hours.

SAM members receive a 10% discount at SAM Shop​!

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A tray of fresh, delicious oysters on a bed of ice, flanked by a tiny bottle of hot sauce and a slice of lemon

Now open! 
Take a stroll through the culinary bounty of the sea at MARKET Fishmonger & Eatery’s newest location at the Seattle Art Museum. Pull up a chair and enjoy a dozen oysters paired with beer, wine, and frozen drinks, or take an order of Dungeness crab, lobster rolls, or fish and chips to go. Whether you’ve worked up an appetite wandering through the museum’s impressive galleries or you’re looking for a late-night bite while exploring downtown Seattle, MARKET SEATTLE will lure you in.


11 am – 8 pm

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Public Tours

We are not currently offering in-person tours.


Smartphone tours are available on your own device for free at Select a thematic tour or look for the phone symbol/QR code next to selected artworks and enter the number to access multimedia content and interesting perspectives.

A low or no-vision version of the smartphone tour is available.


For audio-only, dial 206.866.3222.

Schoo​l Tours

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

Group Visits

Groups larger than 10 people can schedule a visit in advance to the Seattle Art Museum , pending availability. For more information or to schedule a group visit, please email​ or call 206.654.3112 in advance.

Group Visits

Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more when visiting the permanent collection.

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 request a private tour, and three business days for self-guided tours. Each private tour can accommodate up to 30 people.

Discounted Group Ticket Rates for GENERAL ADMISSON

Adults $17 (REG. $19.99)
Seniors (65+) $15 (reg. $17.99)
Students (with id)
$11 (reg. $12.99)


Tickets include access to all SAM collections and installations.

Adults $24 (REG. $29.99)
Seniors (65+) $22 (reg. $27.99)
Students (with id)
$15 (reg. $19.99)

SAM Members and children 12 and under are free but need to reserve a ticket with the group. Please include member name and membership number in your order.


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 a Venue Experience

Wow your guests by hosting your next function at the Seattle Art Museum. Easily transformed to reflect your personality and vision, SAM will make your next occasion 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.

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For the safety and well-being of our visitors, the Bullitt Library and Educator Resouce Center have been closed as part of our ongoing response to the coronavirus.

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. ​


Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm​​​

Available only by appointment. Please email or call 206-654-3220 to arrange your visit.

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Educator Resource Center

The Education Resource Center (ERC) is a free lending library for educators and families covering art history and art education, as well as interdisciplinary topics such as cultural studies, STEAM, and language arts. The ERC supports inclusive and engaging art experiences through resources for families, educators, and youth at the museum, in the classroom, and at home. A picture book reading space that is part of the ERC is open during all museum hours. Located on the second floor at the top of the Grand Staircase.


Thursday – Saturday 11 am – 4 PM
First Thursdays
11 am – 6 PM

The ERC is free and open to the public.
Please email or call 206.654.3186 with questions.

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What to Know when you visit

Check your bags for free

Backpacks, large bags, or items larger than 11″ x 15″ are not allowed in the galleries and must be checked.

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:

  • 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 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.​​​​​​​

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Find answers to our most frequently asked questions.

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Member and Visitor Policies

Please review our Member and Visitor Policies here.

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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