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Frye Art Museum

704 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104-2019
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  • Frye Art Museum
    Kevin Farrell
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    5 Nov 06, 2013

    Sometimes you just need a quiet moment to catch your breath and clear your mind. This free (Well, suggested donation) private art museum has provided many a saving grace for students on a budget, the recently unemployed (Damn this recession!) or smitten kittens on a first date. Located on First Hill, the front rooms of this museum are covered floor-to-ceiling in salon style classic works while the airy rear of the building hosts modern works by visiting shows.

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    Angela M
    5 Jun 27, 2013

    If you are an art lover. This is a great story of my friend Frieda: http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2012/02/14/this-woman-goes-to-the-frye-every-day-for-a-decade-finally-they-let-her-curate-a-show

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    Shala Passwater
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    2 May 11, 2013

    The only upside to this museum is- it's free. If I would've had to pay money for this I would've been pretty miffed. There's a free parking lot but seeing as how it's the only free parking lot in all of Seattle it's full all the time. They ask that you check your bags at the front- for what? Am I gonna take a painting off the wall and stuff it into my backpack? They don't allow photography of any of the pieces and the entire space is devoted to one artist's body of work. I'd like a little variety in my art museums. There aren't even benches from which to sit and admire the paintings, you just have to stand and look at them. It's a well-kept space at least, but like most things in Seattle, it's too pretentious.

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    Heather Gilmour
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    This beautiful, off-the-beaten-path museum has world class art in an intimate setting. Beautifully curated art by unique artists.

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    Mary S
    5 Jun 23, 2014

    One of my favorite places in Seattle!

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    Michael Arrington
    4 Feb 06, 2014

    high quality but small museum. Some stunning paintings.

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    Zhone
    4 Jan 20, 2013

    Lovely contemporary art museum. Great space.

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    Kathleen Giles
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    One of my favorite museums, and it's free...

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4.5 out of 5
8 member's reviews
268 people visited Frye Art Museum

Description

Charles and Emma Frye, who owned a meat-packing plant in Seattle, spent their fortune on art. Over about 25 years, they collected about 230 pieces of American and European 19th and 20th century art, mostly dark, dramatic and psychological pieces. When Charles died, his will set aside money for a museum, with the stipulations that the majority of his collection be on display in perpetuity, and that ... read more
the museum always be free. In accordance with those wishes, the Frye Museum opened to the public in 1952 as Seattle's first free museum. In the last two decades, the museum has become more daring and wide-ranging in its exhibitions.

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