Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 654 3100
Concierge.com's insider take:
SAM Downtown, the five-story limestone and terra-cotta building fronted by another Seattle landmark, the perpetually at work Hammering Man statue, designed by the husband-and-wife team of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown underwent a major expansion in 2007 that added 118,000 square feet of public and gallery space, as well as a bigger restaurant and store. The sleek office-tower addition's entry is now big enough for dramatic large-scale installations. The new wing houses modern and contemporary art, including a few pieces of note like Jackson Pollack's Sea Change, along with special exhibits and African and Islamic art. The addition connects to theoriginal building still has an extensive collection of Northwest coast Native American works as well as Asian and African, Mesoamerican art and textilescontemporary art. Admission is free on the first Thursday of each month. The museum has a sister collection, the Asian Art Museum (1400 E. Prospect St.; 206-654-3100), in Volunteer Park; and a nine-acre waterfront Olympic Sculpture Park (2901 Western Ave.; 206-654-3100), which includes granite benches by Louise Bourgeois that resemble eyes, Richard Serra's huge curved metal Wave sculptures, and Roxy Paine's towering tree made of stainless steel.
Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10 am to 5 pm, Thursdays and Fridays 10 am to 9 pm