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The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) & Olympic Structure Park

Seattle has no shortage of rainy days… And what’s better for a rainy day than an adventure indoors? The Seattle Art Museum is perfect for a day inside, exploring through different worlds and times. One could get lost for hours winding through buried and recovered treasures.

Exploring the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) & Olympic Structure Park

Both the Seattle Art Museum and Olympic Structure Park are great places to check out while visiting Seattle. Whether this is your first-time visiting Seattle, or you live three blocks away, the museum has something you’ll enjoy!

Plus, they have special kids’ events, programs, and learning experiences throughout the year!

But before we get started, we wanted to mention the highly anticipated Asian Art Museum reopening is expected in 2019!

Seattle Art Museum (SAM)

If you’re looking for some all-in-one fun, the Seattle Art Museum is perfect! It’s a great place for families and individuals to learn about different eras of art. And most exhibits are ever-evolving and routinely switched, which means one visit most surely doesn’t mean you’ve seen it all.

Ticket Prices

Adults: $24.95
Senior (65+): $22.95
Military (w/ ID): $22.95
Students (w/ ID): $14.95
Teens (13-17): $14.95
Children 12 & Under: FREE
SAM Members: FREE

You can become a member of the Seattle Art Museum here or click here to get regularly priced tickets.

Discount Days

First Thursdays

SAM Collections & Installations: FREE TO ALL
Special Exhibition: Half-Price

First Fridays

SAM Collections & Installations: FREE TO SENIORS
Special Exhibition: Half-Price

There are two main parking garages with easy access to the Seattle Art Museum, including the 3rd and Stewart Garage, which is discounted everyday parking for up 4 hours for $10, and the Russel Investment Center Garage, with discounted parking on the weekend only for up to 4 hours for $8.

But keep in mind, after 4 hours, all hours revert to full price (including the first 4 hours).

The SAM store is open during regular museum hours and admission isn’t required for purchase. They offer a variety of books, locally crafted jewelry, textiles, ceramics, Native carvings, and children’s toys. They also offer a collection of contemporary Northwest artists for rent or purchase.

If you wanted to stop for a bite, TASTE is a great place to recharge your body. Its modern design invites you in, while their delightful menus offers the classics like a grilled cheese sandwich, as well other savory cuisines. But make sure to check out their website in advance, because they change the menu seasonally.

Are you on the go with a screaming toddler and need something quick? They’ve got a variety of grab & go offerings and pastries to fit your needs. And don’t forget the all-important coffee (or tea)!

SAM Members receive at 10% discount at both the SAM gift shop and TASTE.

They also offer Public Tours and Group Visits and discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Though tour times and topics vary, they are free with museum admission.

You can view their calendar here, but they might include favorites such as A Closer Look: Highlights from SAM’s Collection, In Focus Gallery Talks, My Favorite Things, Special Exhibitions, and Art Beyond Sight Tours.

It’s also a great place to host an event. Check out their Plan a Venue Experience options here.

Olympic Structure Park

While the Olympic Sculpture Park isn’t indoors, it’s still a fabulous place to visit. If you aren’t too opposed to walking through the water, it’s just a few miles away along Seattle’s Waterfront, which is under construction for a complete revitalization.

The Paccar Pavilion Parking Garage is perfectly situated for visiting Olympic Structure Park, and the rates are pretty decent, considering other downtown parking garages. There’s no overnight parking, but it’s open until 11pm.

If you’re visiting on a weekend, try the Landscapes Café. Located in the Paccar Pavilion, they offer a variety of specialty coffees and beverages.

Public Tours and Group Visits are available, though private tours must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance and include a one-hour flat-rate for up to 30 people. One nice thing about these tours, is that they can be customized to fit the group’s collective focus on a particular exhibit or collection at any of their three sites.

Public Tours vary in time and topics throughout the year and are free and open to the public. They last about 60 minutes and give you the inside scoop about the landscape design, site history, and set of sculptures.

A complete list of visitor policies can be found on their website.


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