The Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum - downtown seattleThe Seattle Art Museum fondly known as SAM, is a world renowned museum and a vital art institution featuring art pieces from local and international artists. The museum started as a 1,926 piece collection and has grown into more than 25,000 art pieces held in various locations. The main collection can be found, just along First Avenue in downtown Seattle, the same street as The Blarney Stone Pub and Restaurant. The second venue, Seattle Asian Art Museum is found inside Volunteer Park in Capitol Hill and the third, the Olympic Sculpture Park, is right along the Central Waterfront.

The brainchild of Dr. Richard E. Fuller, a member of the Seattle Fine Arts Society, the museum was built in partnership with the City of Seattle. Dr. Fuller donated most of his family’s extensive Chinese and Japanese art collection with the condition that the city would maintain it. In the following years since the 1933 opening, the museum featured Asian fine art as well as works from contemporary Northwest artists including Morris Graves, Mark Tobey and Kenneth Callahan. Later on the Kress Collection of European Painting was also added, exponentially increasing SAM’s holdings.

The museum is known for its wide collection of modern, Asian and ethnic art as well as hosting famous traveling exhibitions. Among the museums blockbuster exhibits included the Kress Collection of European Paintings in 1954, the Van Gogh Collection in 1959, Treasures of Tutankhamun in 1978, the Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris in 2010 and just recently Miro’s Experience of Seeing. SAM continuously creates bridges between culture, time and space. The museum presents art in a very interactive way using wall texts, audio guides and computerized presentations with various perspectives that bring each piece to life.

The Seattle Art Museum continuously strives to bring art and culture to the people offering free admissions every first Thursday and the first Saturday of every month for the downtown SAM and Seattle Asian Art Museum facilities while the Olympic Sculpture Park is always free. On other days admission is free for children below 12 years old and a suggested admission fee is given to students, adults and seniors. That means that while the museum encourages visitors to pay full price, they can still enjoy the museum even if they cannot pay the full amount.

Next time you are in the Pike Place area, take a peek at the museum and then enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the local pub!


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  • review rating 4  A favorite stop of mine. The food menu is surprisingly varied and not really what you would normally consider bar food. bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, and home-made chips are some of my go-tos. The price for food and drink are really reasonable considering the neighborhood. Service can lag a little sometimes, but the staff is so nice that it's really hard to be bothered by it. Beer selection is relatively standard, but The Blarney Stone makes up for it with knowledgeable barkeeps and a really decent selection of liquor. The noise can be a bit much sometimes, especially on game days, but during quieter times, it's difficult to find a better bar in downtown.

    thumb Dmitriy Todd
    6/16/2017
  • review rating 4  If you live or work in Downtown Seattle you already know this is your local watering hole. Full of regulars and interesting conversation at all hours of the day. Chey and Ben are among the GOATS of hospitable bartenders in this city. If you want to chat with software developers or janitors cleaning apartments, this place accepts all creeds and income values. Occasionally smells like vomit but other than that I can't think of a single fault.

    thumb bb Hood
    4/13/2018
  • review rating 4  Just like every other Irish pub, but across the street from the museum, so a great place to have a quick drink before checking out the art.

    thumb Marisa Lydon
    2/13/2018
  • review rating 4  This place is one of the only cool bars in downtown Seattle. There also just aren't that many bars downtown. This is one of my favorite dive bars. Staff is friendly and crowd is eclectic. Right next to Showbox at the market so a good place to grab a drink before hand. New menu has some good options on it as well.

    thumb Jacob Mrozek
    3/28/2018
  • review rating 5  Great Paddy's night here! Closest I seen to an actual Irish bar since I have hot to the US

    thumb John Mc Laughlin
    3/22/2018

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