Im not sure its too much of a secret but I believe that Seattle is arguably one of the best cities in the US for the arts. I spent two weeks in Seattle on my last trip. 5 days I spent visiting various museums and art events (the other days were dedicated to business). I would try to rank these amazing galleries/museums but I just cant. So in no particular order I wanted to share a quick list of the best museums and arts activities I experienced in Seattle.
– Seattle Art Museum ∫ http://seattleartmuseum.org/
This museum is sleek and positioned right in downtown Seattle. In 2008 they went through an expansion. I was very impressed by their collection. Whatever your taste you can find contemporary and modernist work or even Native American, Asian, African, and Australian Aboriginal art. You can visit for free on the First Thursday of each month. (This was my route, but hey Im a cheap traveller)
– Frye Art Museum ∫ http://fryemuseum.org/
Painting and sculptures is really where Frye shines, they had a vast collection of 19th and 20th century German, French, and American paintings and sculptures. The best part is that admission is always free #alwaysfree – I decided to take one of the complimentary tours that are available Tuesday through Sunday at 1PM and Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday at 11:30AM.
– Seattle Asian Art Museum ∫ http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/asian-art-museum
On Capitol Hill there is Volunteer park, located inside of Volunteer Park is the Seattle Asian Art Museum. I was happy to see the collection that featured thousands of paintings, pottery, sculptures, and even ancient textiles from all over Asia. There were pieces from China, Japan, India, Korea, and more. This museum participates in the First Thursday museum day. Check it out if you get a chance especially if you enjoy the asian culture like I do.
– Bellevue Arts Museum ∫ http://www.bellevuearts.org/
The building of this museum is a work of art in itself. The architect Steven Holl designed a 36,000 square-foot building to hold the art, craft, and designs created by regional artists. It was impressive to see the local talent around Seattle and goes to show the vibrant arts culture in Seattle. I believe that on the First Friday of the month the museum is free. Give a call and ask what exhibits they have going on.
– Olympic Sculpture Park
This is just a little added tip, when visiting the Seattle Art Museum, walk out onto the waterfront to take a stroll through the nine-acre Olympic Sculpture Park. This was an industrial site that was turned into a green space. There are large and small contemporary works scattered through the park. You cant go wrong with having the Puget Sound and Cascade Range as the backdrop. There is a 2,200-foot pedestrian path that leads down to the beach.
Find this and more at VisitSeattle.com