- Type: Landmarks
NileGuide Expert Says:
This museum is internationally recognized for its excellent collection of Asian, African and Native American art, and for its fine collection of modern art produced by Pacific Northwest artists. The permanent collection includes 21,000 pieces, and while it doesn't have huge collections of European art, it does have plentiful local art and wonderful visiting exhibits. The museum is centrally located downtown near the waterfront and Pike Place Market.
- Seattle Art Museum has recently expanded and the new building houses a much more extensive and impressive collection of modern art in addition to world class collections of Native American, European, African and Asian art. The permanent collection is housed in a bright airy corridor, and spans several floors. Modern pieces playfully juxtapose traditional European works; an Andy Warhol shares space with a John Singleton Copeland and touring exhibits occupy the original structure. Brancusi and Botticelli anchor the second floor. If you've been disappointed by the original Seattle Art Museum, don't let your first exposure prevent you from experiencing the new Seattle Art Museum, the collection is outstanding and the arrangement of the art is in itself a creative endeavor.