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Address: 704 Terry Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
Phone Number:
+1 206-622-9250
11:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Thu 11:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 17:00

A museum with works mainly from 19th and 20th century American artists.

A museum with works mainly from 19th and 20th century American artists.

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The Frye is a Beautiful, Free Space - Whatever the Exhibit

The Frye Art Museum opened in 1952. While some reviews complain of the "mediocrity" of the exhibitions, one really must consider that this free museum centres around a private... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 January 2017
jay s
Tacoma, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stuff very nice. There you can see different art. Free entrace. I wanted something more of art. Art collections are very nice but not exciting.

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seattle, wa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's lovely, it's free and the free parking across the street is still there, not for long but what a great feature. The building is the first thing you notice, it's beautifully designed and accessible for visitors with limited mobility. Has a good cafe for snacks and actual lunch. The galleries have a interesting variety of visiting exhibits and the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Has a personal feel in the exhibitions. Seeing and coming to know that someone who lived hundreds of years ago in a different part of the world as me thought the same thing and the desire to express oneself gives me and strangely restores in me a sense of connection to the world when sense of belonging is a difficult... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

I always bring my out of town houseguests. They have a great cafe - even serve wine there. Their sandwiches and soups are delicious. Great place to sit in a quiet area.

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

The Frye Art Museum opened in 1952. While some reviews complain of the "mediocrity" of the exhibitions, one really must consider that this free museum centres around a private collection of note cultivated by the Fryes, a prominent Seattle couple during the founding of Seattle as a city of note in the early 1900's. When I was little, the museum... More 

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Dayton OH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

This small museum has been able to commission works for exhibition which broaden one's understanding of contemporary art in the greater Seattle area and beyond. The present group was thoughtful, stimulating, and inspiring. We were visitors from another state, but when again visiting Seattle, this museum will be at the top of our list. The restaurant was also tops.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Although I find myself in Seattle a couple of days each year, I had not visited the Frye in recent years. It's a lovely small museum, nicely laid out, with well proportioned galleries, a pleasant, sunny cafe, and a pretty reflecting pool surrounding part of the building. The permanent collection is a curiosity, but I did see some good paintings... More 

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Lakewood, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

It's free, so there's that. The exhibits are ok. Not the greatest, but again, it's free. It's a small collection, overall.

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Lancaster, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

I decided to check this place out because it was cold and raining and I wanted to be indoors for awhile...and, well, it's FREE. I understand that I can't REALLY complain since it IS free, but I will say it's pretty lackluster and a bit on the pretentious side.

Thank Erica F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Quiet, pleasant and intimate building with local and international artists. Curation is erratic, but usually excellent.

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