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Art in Seattle and Tacoma


General Introduction
Museums Seattle Art Museum Overview
  Downtown Seattle Art Museum
  Seattle Asian Art Museum
  Olympic Sculpture Park
  Chihuly Garden and Glass
  Frye Art Museum
  Henry Art Gallery
  Tacoma Art Museum
  Museum of Glass
Public Art Overview
Buildings Overview
Dale Chihuly Introduction
  Books and DVDs




Return by Beliz Brother in Seattle City Hall

"Return" by Beliz Brother in Seattle City Hall


The greater Seattle area is full of art.  Seattle and Tacoma have several notable art museums to explore.  Public art funded by the City of Seattle and King County is located around  the area.   Art is also on display in the lobbies of many of the larger buildings. 

Seattle is also the home of internationally reknown glass artist Dale Chihuly and is one of the centers of premier art glass making.  There are a number of places to enjoy seeing Chihuly's work and the work of the other expert glass artists in the area.






The Seattle Art Museum ("SAM") occupies three campuses:  the main downtown museum, the Seattle Asian Art Museum at Volunteer Park, and the Olympic Sculpture Park. 

For art-loving visitors, seeing all three campuses is well worth your time. 


Do Ho Suh at Seattle Art Museum

Some/one by Do Hu Suh


The downtown SAM location is a large regional museum with an enjoyable collection to explore.  The SAM collection is wide-ranging.  Some of its strengths are its modern and contemporary collections, its Northwest Indian art,  its American collection, and its porcelain.  


Please click here to go to our web page about the downtown SAM location.





Seattle Asian Art Museum


The Seattle Asian Art Museum building is housed in a lovely 1933 Art Deco building in Volunteer Park.  For lovers of Asian art, this is one of the best collections in the U.S.  The landscaping around the building really complements the building.  Take time to explore Volunteer Park either before or after you visit the museum. Volunteer Park is one of the most beautiful parks in America.


Please click here to go to our web page about the Seattle Asian Art Museum.






Olympic Sculpture Park Vista

This unique,  9 acre downtown park overlooks Puget Sound and the distant Olympic Mountains. It features a number of art works complemented by dramatic landscaping. 

The Olympic Sculpture Park is a gorgeous  place to stroll around. Seeing this park is one of the peak experiences in a visit to Seattle. In an area full of beautiful places, the Olympic Sculpture Park really stands out. By combining sculpture with elegant landscaping and outstanding views, the park offers a visitor a unique experience.

Please click here to go to our web page about the Olympic Sculpture Park.



Chihuly Garden and Glass

This is a dazzling new attraction at Seattle Center. It is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the significant contribution to the world of glass art by Dale Chihuly. The exhibition does a masterful job of presenting Chihuly’s resplendent glass art in indoor galleries, a glasshouse, and in a lovely series of outdoor garden installations. This is a must see attraction for Seattleites and for Seattle visitors that appreciate art and botanical gardens. 

Please click here to go to our web page about Chihuly Garden and Glass




Frye Art Museum Grand Salon

Frye Art Museum Grand Salon

The Frye is a small museum on First Hill with a nice permanent collection that is enjoyable to view and it frequently houses exhibitions of mainly contemporary art.   Make the Frye part of a walking tour of the First Hill attractions.

Please click here to go to our web page about the Frye Art Museum.





Henry Art Galllery

This museum on the University of Washington campus focuses on contemporary art and has a sizable photography collection. See this museum when you make a visit to see the architecture and landscaping at the University.

Please click here to go to our web page about the Henry Art Gallery.





Museum of Glass Hotshop

One of the most beautiful destinations in the Puget Sound area is the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.  The Museum of Glass is a gorgeous, contemporary museum featuring outstanding architecture and stunning pieces of glass art.  The magnificent Chihuly Bridge of Glass is part of this museum.  See this museum and the Tacoma Art Museum on your Tacoma visit.

Please click here to go to our web page about the Museum of Glass.



Tacoma Art Museum

This museum features the largest public collection of Dale Chihuly's art as part of its permanent collection. The museum building is an elegant structure.

Please click here to go to our web page about the Tacoma Art Museum.


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Seattle Center Sculpture Olympic Iliad

Seattle Center's "Olympic Iliad" by Alexander Liberman


The City of Seattle and King County have devoted 1 percent of the cost of public building projects to fund public displays of art.  This art is scattered all over downtown Seattle and at a number of areas around King County.   

Major clusters of art are located at Sea-Tac Airport, the Seattle Center campus, the Seattle City Hall,  the Seattle Central Library, and the Washington State Convention Center. 

The City of Seattle has a pdf brochure that you can download
(click here) about the location of all of its public art.  You can also pick a copy of this brochure at the Seattle Visitors' Center two locations.

King County also has a brochure "Public Art in King County" that you can pick up at the Seattle Visitors' Center locations.

Click on the following links to go our web pages for either the art of Seattle City Hall or the art at the Sea-Tac Airport:



A number of Seattle buildings and hotels have art displayed in their lobbies for all to enjoy.  City Centre's lobby in downtown has several glass works including a display of Dale Chihuly works.


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