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Seattle Art Museum's Downtown Campus

Seattle Downtown Attractions--Museums

1300 First Avenue 


(206) 654-3100


Hammering Man


Hammering Man by Jonathan Borofsky



The Seattle Art Museum ("SAM") is located at three campuses:  the main SAM building downtown on First Avenue, the Olympic Sculpture Park, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. This web page discusses visiting the downtown SAM location.

Click on the following links to go our web pages for either the Olympic Sculpture Park or the Seattle Asian Art Museum




Inopportune Stage One 2004


Seattle Art Museum Downtown    Main Entrance Gallery

Cai Guo-Qiang      Inopportune: Stage One




The SAM downtown location is housed in a lovely building .  The galleries of the museum are excellent display spaces for the collection. The outside of the museum is guarded by the 35 foot statue Hammering Man  by Jonathan Borofsky.

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. 

One art work that you cannot miss in the main entry hall of the North building is Inopportune: Stage One 2004.  This massive installation composed of nine white Ford Taurus cars and sequenced and flashing multi-channel light tubes floats over the entry hall and it puts on a dramatic light show. 



Do-Hu Suh Some/One


Do Hu Suh        Some/One



Another large and dazzling piece is Do-Hu Suh's Some/One.  Constructed of 100,000 military dog tags, this symbolic warrior's armor makes a dramatic statement.

A few artists of note in the collection are  Mark Rothko, Alfred Bierstadt, Frederick Church, John La Farge, Childe Hassam, and Jackson Pollock.

To see all of the Museum's collections on display and enjoy your museum experience in one session would be a challenge.  Just seeing the modern and contemporary collection, the Northwest Indian art, and the American art is a busy, two hour exercise. It would be best to do those three sections of the Museum and come back another time to finish seeing all of the collections.  

There are many lovely pieces to contemplate in the museum.  Take your time and enjoy the wide ranging collection. 

The museum has a large gift shop and a restaurant on the first level of the North building. 



Seattle Art Museum South Building Lobby



Lobby South Building


The lobby of the South building is a dramatic blending of sculpture and architecture.  Don't miss this beautiful section of the museum. 




Wednesday                       10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Thursday, Friday              10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Saturday, Sunday             10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


For holiday closings, please click here to go to the museum's web site page for planning your visit.



Please click here to go to the web site for the Seattle Art Museum.



For current admission prices, please click here to go to the museum's web site page for planning your visit.    

Admission is free on the first Thursday of each month. Seniors enjoy free admission on the first Friday of each month. Special exhibitions may have higher admission fees.



The Seattle Art Museum is an attraction covered by the Seattle CityPASS.  Please click on the image below to find out about the money-saving Seattle CityPASS.


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Click here to go to our information about the Seattle Asian Art Museum

Click here to go to our information about the Olympic Sculpture Park

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