Guide: 7 of the best places to see art in Seattle
Still looking for some new year inspiration and leaning towards the creative realm? Are you interested in seeing what the Seattle arts scene has to offer? You should be. If so, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve rounded up some of the best places to see art in Seattle. All aboard the cultured train!
Here are our top 7 picks for the best places to see art in Seattle.
As Daniel Johnson said, “the best things in life are truly free.” This includes the Frye Art Museum. But if you can, we suggest making a donation on your way out! The Frye has an impressive founding collection thanks to Charles and Emma Frye and also features seasonal shows. At the moment, you can see exhibitions featuring work by choreographer Donald Byrd and Mary Henry.
Where: 704 Terry Avenue
A university gallery? Really? Yes really, the Henry Art Gallery is great. In fact, the Henry has an international reputation for bold and challenging exhibitions. They also work to be the first to premiere new works by established and emerging artists. We love equity. It’s truly one of the best places to see art in Seattle!
Where: 15th Avenue NE & NE 41st Street
Cost: Free for students, $10 for public
James Harris Gallery is known for launching the careers of emerging artists, as well as showcasing mid-career artists. You can expect to see contemporary painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video, and installation. James Harris Gallery provides the perfect mix of local and international artists for your perusing or purchasing needs.
Where: 604 2nd Avenue
Greg Kucera Gallery is a well-established gallery, and owner Greg Kucera has a solid reputation as one of the most authoritative voices on Seattle’s art scene. From that blurb alone, you know you have to check this place out. You can expect to see a mix of contemporary painting, drawing, mixed media, and sculpture. If you visit, make sure to head upstairs and check out the outdoor balcony for more work.
Where: 212 Third Avenue South
There are too many good galleries in Pioneer Square to list them all, but luckily a good chunk of them are concentrated in the Tashiro Kaplan Building. Watch for SOIL, Gallery 4Culture, CoCA, and Party Hat. These galleries won’t disappoint!
Where: 115 Prefontaine Place South
For a ‘standard’ art museum, we have to admit that SAM does go above and beyond. Sure, things are pretty vanilla, but their exhibits can be super interesting. Of course, their size means that they can also showcase some of the most notable artists in the world. NBD.
Where: 1300 1st Avenue
This museum has been undergoing renovations for a long time, so we’re excited to see how they come back better than ever in February. For your international arts needs, this is your #1 destination.
When: Reopening February 12th
Where: 1400 East Prospect Street
Well Seattle, that’s a wrap. We hope this list inspires you to get out there and see some art!