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Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Avenue | ph: (206) 622-9250

Admission is free, but the art is top notch.

Collections of American and European paintings from the 19th century are the museum's mainstay, but exhibitions of contemporary art from the Northwest, Russia, and elsewhere provide exciting seasonal spice. The building is itself an attraction, with its elegant modern, distinct lines and pleasing tranquil water fountain.

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Tacoma Art Museum
1123 Pacific Ave | ph: (253) 272.4258
From Picasso ceramics to outsider art, the Tacoma Art Museum has a history of presenting diverse exhibits. Home to the largest public Chihuly collection, the museum is equally dedicated to showing the works of Pacific Northwest artists as it is to national and international works. In 2003, the museum will move into its brand new building, where it will have more room for exhibitions.
Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 NW 67th St | ph: (206) 789.5707
Located in the Scandinavian enclave of Ballard, the Nordic Heritage Museum is the only museum in the United States to honor immigrants from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Featuring exhibits on Nordic immigration, and five ethnic galleries, the museum showcases the art and artifacts of America's Nordic citizens.
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Ave. | ph: (503) 226.2811
Opened in 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest and features over 33,000 permanent pieces. The museum has extensive collections of European paintings, American, Asian, African, and pre-Columbian art as well as contemporary works from the northwest and beyond. They also host traveling exhibits that range in theme from the decorative arts of Paris to the works of Grandma Moses.

Bellevue Art Museum
510 NE Bellevue Way | ph: (425) 454-3322
The region's newest museum has made a splash on the Eastside. Its exhibitions and programs present
contemporary visual art of the Pacific Northwest, the nation and the world. Designed by world-renowned architect Steven Holl, this visually exquisite exciting architectural 36,000 square foot structure combines elements of a traditional art museum with a art school, studio, and community center. The stunning fresh impact of this facility is sure to become a must see favorite for art lovers and tourists alike.

Seattle Art Museum
100 University Street [ Downtown ] | ph: (206) 654-3255
As one of the world's finest art museums, and the Northwest's premier art venue, The Seattle Art Museum is acclaimed for its presentation of a broad array of extraordinary art, both past and present. Exhibitions are global in scope and have covered such diverse subjects as African and Egyptian art to John Singer Sargent and Leonardo Da Vinci.

The museum's permanent collection contains over 20,000 objects and is housed on four floors of exhibits. The renowned Asian, African, and Northwest Coast Native American collections each contain an impressive selection of art and artifacts that include everything from masks and textiles to paintings, sculpture and contemporary artworks. The Japanese Collection alone is ranked as one of the top five U.S. collections of Japanese art, and the Northwest Coast Native American collection is accepted as one of the preeminent collections of its type in the world.

The museum's Modern Art Collection contains nearly 6,000 pieces, 2,000 of which are from distinguished Pacific Northwestern artists. Including Morris Graves, Jacob Lawrence, and Dale Chihuly. Jackson Pollack, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein are also duly represented. Included in the Western Art holdings are over 1,600 pieces of European paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. The art books, posters, and assorted art-related merchandise found at the museum's store provide perfect mementos from a visit and also make excellent gifts.
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