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Old 12-28-2006, 07:03 PM   #1
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Here's a starter overview of art museums and galleries worth visiting:

Museums

The Frye Art Museum, on Capitol Hill, is my favorite museum in the city (the building itself is beautiful), always something intriguing and often it stretches me far. The Frye is always free, by its charter.

The Henry Art Museum on the University of Washington campus in the U District is the best venue for modern art. They too always have provocative shows. The Henry is free on Thursdays.

The Seattle Art Museum has three venues. Well... actually right now it only has one, as the main, downtown museum is being remodeled (thank god), and the new sculpture garden is not yet open. None-the-less, the Asian Art Museum branch is open and is a fabulous building in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill (worth a visit just for the view). Admission to the Seattle Asian Art Museum is free on the first Thursday and first Saturday of each month. The Sculpture Park branch will open in late January and will always be free. The main museum will reopen in May.


Galleries

There is a slew of great art galleries in Seattle. Although they have traditionally centered in Pioneer Square (and there is still a density of galleries there), other neighborhoods are growing their own “gallery alleys”, including Belltown, Ballard, and Georgetown. Here are links to some of my favorites:

The Davidson Galleries
Foster White
The Seders Gallery.com/
Friesen Gallery
Greg Kucera
Kobo
SOIL
Vetri

There is an art walk the first Thursday of every month in the Pioneer Square neighborhood from 6—8pm. Galleries open new shows that evening, often with snacks and wine. Occidental Plaza is always filled that evening with new/young/unrepresented artists selling their wares.

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so... yeah. seattle is awesome, as i can attest having lived here almost my entire life and my family being from here for about the past 75 years or so. but honestly even though it probably should be, seattle is NOT on the typical major tourist map of the united states which makles me curious about your posts.. is athere a particular reason you're pushing seattle so much? there are now several tpunks that live in teh seattle area (it used to be just lonely little me), we try to have meet-ups whenever possible. let me know if your'e interestd. and maybe i've had too many vodkas. have a great new year.
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Hey SV,

Well, because as you say, it's awesome. I love this town. And, it's what I know. So I thought proactively sharing an "insiders" opinion of what's worth seeing would be of interest to those who might be coming. Besides, have you been downtown lately? I think Seattle IS becoming a destination city for travelers! I was at the Market yesterday, and there was a juggernaut of tourists filming and photographing each other in front of the original Starbuck's store! (Not a recommendation, btw). The whole market was packed with tourists... in the wintertime!
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Yes, that's true. I love it here too.
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