Museums and galleries of Seattle

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The Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) in Volunteer Park is a designated city landmark. From 1933 to 1981, the building housed the main Seattle Art Museum (SAM).
The "Art Ladder": the main staircase of the 1991 Robert Venturi-designed wing of SAM.
The Naval Reserve Armory now home to MOHAI.
Artist and musician Whiting Tennis (left) performs with his band at an opening at the Henry Art Gallery.

Being so much younger than the cities of Europe and the Eastern United States, Seattle, Washington has a lower profile in terms of art museums than it does in the performing arts. It is nonetheless home to five major art museums and galleries: Consolidated Works, the Frye Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Several Seattle museums and cultural institutions that are not specifically art museums also have excellent art collections, most notably the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, which has an excellent collection of Native American artwork.

Seattle is also home to well over 100 commercial art galleries, at least a dozen non-profit art galleries, and perhaps a hundred artists' studios that are open to the public at least once a month. About half of these galleries and studios are concentrated in one neighborhood, Pioneer Square.

Outside of the realm of art, Seattle has several other notable museums and similar institutions:

Writing in November 2007, Jen Graves of Seattle alternative weekly The Stranger considers the Lawrimore Project (founded 2005) "the closest thing contemporary art in Seattle has to a center". Four of the five visual artists who had by that time won the Stranger's annual "Genius Awards" had come to be represented by Lawrimore, although only one was at the time it received the award.[2]

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  1. ^ http://www.nps.gov/klse/index.htm
  2. ^ Jen Graves, Eye of the Storm, The Stranger, November 15, 2007, p. 22–25.