The Seattle home of world-class exhibitions and collections. Permanent collections include artifacts and artwork from Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean, Europe, the Americas and more. They also have a large collection of Native American art. Open W, F-Su 10 am-5 pm; Th 10 am-9 pm.
Highlights and Tips:
- The third floor (one level up from the main ticketing desk) north end is home to the contemporary art pieces. Don't miss "Sea Change" from Jackson Pollock and "Double Elvis" from Andy Warhol.
- In the American Galleries, south of the escalator on the third floor sits "Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast," an oil painting by Albert Bierstadt from 1870. While art historians can't be sure, it's likely the painting was created before Bierstadt ever traveled to the Pacific Northwest.
- The fourth-floor houses two surprises. First, beyond the European Galleries on the east end of the museum, sits the Wyckoff Porcelain Room, with floor-to-ceiling examples of European and Asian porcelain.
- Also on floor four, in the northeast corner of the building, walk into the Italian Room. It was built sometime between 1150 and 1600 in the northern Lombard town of Chiavenna and carefully restored and installed at the museum.