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Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

704 Terry Avenue
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 622 9250's insider take:

More like an overgrown gallery space than a museum, it's free and you can comfortably ponder all of its works in an hour. The three center rooms hold the permanent collection, many of the works once belonging to the founders Charles and Emma Frye, and more than a few 19th-century pastoral scenes. The outer rooms are dedicated to rotating contemporary multimedia exhibitions. A recent exhibit included a mix of Amy Helfand's bright garden-scene textiles and prints, alongside the sinister pencil drawings of Robyn O'Neil. The small café has outdoor seating and food that's much more sophisticated than average museum snacks. The best time to visit is late afternoon on a weekday, when you'll practically have the place to yourself.

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