Frye Art Museum, Seattle

4.3
#12 of 29 in Museums in Seattle
Located on Seattle’s First Hill, the Frye Art Museum first opened its doors in 1952 as the legacy of Charles and Emma Frye, prominent early-twentieth-century Seattle business leaders and art collectors. Admission to the Museum is always free.

The collection includes nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century German and American paintings, as well as more contemporary works that bridge visual art, media, and installation. The Museum also hosts a wide variety of rotating exhibitions featuring local, national, and international artists.

All visitors are welcome to join a wide variety of programming and events, from free daily tours to film screenings, concerts, artist lectures, and more. The Museum also features a Café serving made-from-scratch seasonal bites alongside beverages and desserts. The Museum Store features a curated collection of one-of-a-kind items from Pacific Northwest designers and artists.
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  • We visit the Frye Art Museum each time we are in Seattle - including this weekend. The three artists showing there now are each taking on big themes: pop culture, the intersection of race and gender, ...  more »
  • This is one of the hidden treasures of Seattle. it's small, with an interesting and obscure collection. A big draw should be that fact that it is always free. They offer some great workshops and class...  more »
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  • I love museums but I can’t give this one a 5/5! It is a very small museum. Three main rooms for exhibitions and three or four smaller rooms for their ongoing exhibits. The reason for a higher rating is that it is free. As a part of their current exhibit, there is a free show for an hour on select days (weekends included) which was pretty funny and colorful (the rain doesn’t know friends from foes). I couldn’t appreciate the exhibitions except one on immigration. It was not super artistic but strong on theme. At places, it wasn’t clear how is the painting or photo or sculpture related to the theme. It might be just me who didn’t get it. The salon was really pretty. It has 150 paintings from floor to ceiling. Again nothing famous but showed the timing of the photo and who and what was shown on the painting.
  • The Salon was definitely the highlight of this museum. The other exhibits that were showing during my visit weren't my favorite, but I can't complain when entrance is free! Also, be sure to check out the gift shop. They have a great quirky selection

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