Top 4 Art Museums in the Pacific Northwest

Image of a wall in an art gallery.When you’re in the mood for a cultural experience, the Pacific Northwest is the perfect place. With a variety of art museums, each packed with collections of beautiful art pieces, you can explore a new one every weekend without getting bored.

Tacoma Art Museum

The Tacoma Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. On Thursday evenings from 5 until 8 p.m., admission is free. All other times of the week, admission costs $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. It’s full of fascinating exhibits, including the works of Anna Appleby and The Life and Photography of Ella E. McBride, which focuses on capturing light in the works. Cultural exhibits include Immigrant Artists and the American West, Native Portraiture: Power and Perception, Places to Call Home: Settlements in the West, and Winter in the West.

The museum also has several new exhibits coming in the spring and fall. These include Sun, Shadows, Stone: The Photography of Terry Toedtemeier and To Sing of Beauty, featuring Paul Stephen Benjamin and C. David Ingram. After you enjoy the art pieces on display, head to the TAM Cafe for a salad, sandwich, sweet, snack, or beverage.

Portland Art Museum

Since the Portland Art Museum (PAM) was founded in 1892, it has housed a variety of art pieces that are certainly worth seeing. It’s the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. In 1992, the museum expanded into the nearby Masonic Temple, adding 112,000 square feet of exhibit space in a historic location. Works from European, Asian, Native American, and American artists are located throughout the expansive building, along with collections of photography, contemporary art, and graphic art.

Over a quarter of a million people come through the museum annually, and that number will increase with the opening of the Andy Warhol exhibit. This will be the largest display of the Pop artist’s prints ever presented, and fans of his work are already planning their visits.

Frye Art Museum

Another popular museum in the Pacific Northwest is the Frye Art Museum, located on Terry Avenue in Seattle. The exhibits focus on sculpture and painting from the 19th and 20th centuries in the conservative aesthetics. The collection housed in the museum came from Charles and Emma Frye, with works that represent the dark, dramatic, and psychological. Admission is free and you can see famous works, such as “Die Sundie (Sin)” and “Judgement of Paris” by Franz von Stuck.

Seattle Art Museum

At the Seattle Art Museum, the collection of art from around the world is quite extensive. You’ll see pieces from Ancient America, the Mediterranean, Native American, Oceanic, and Islamic artists. The sister museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, is located in Capitol Hill. The Seattle Art Museum has the most all-encompassing selection in the state, making it a great choice for groups since the museum has something for everyone to see.

Make a plan to visit some of these top art museums located in the Pacific Northwest, and take advantage of what this area has to offer to residents and visitors. Make an evening of it with your loved ones by grabbing coffee or dinner after the outing.

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