Accessibility at the Frye

The Frye Art Museum is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive space for everyone. We prioritize diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in order to strengthen our organization and our community. The Frye provides a variety of services for visitors stopping by the museum or participating in in-person or virtual programs to make the most of your experience. We will continue to work on our goal of expanding services in order to offer a rich visitor experience for all. If you have any additional questions about accessibility at the Frye, please contact visitorservices@fryemuseum.org.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PROGRAMS AND EVENTS AT THE MUSEUM

  • If you are unable to register for programs or events online, you may call us at 206 432 8219 from Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm Pacific Time.
  • Assistive listening devices are available upon request for all programs and events in the Frye’s Auditorium. A new set of ear buds is provided for each use. Please ask a staff member for assistance upon check-in.
  • Limited wheelchair-accessible seating is available for all programs and events at the Frye.
  • Care professionals and care partners who accompany visitors are welcome to join programs and events free of charge.
  • Live virtual programs will offer live captioning. Closed captioning is available for videos on the Frye’s YouTube channel.
  • If you have any additional questions about accessibility for programs and events at the Frye, please contact visitorservices@fryemuseum.org.

DROP-OFF AREA

Note: Street access and parking on Terry Ave and Columbia St is currently limited due to ongoing construction.

The Frye Art Museum is wheelchair accessible. Two designated load/unload spaces are located at the main Terry Ave entrance, as well as two additional spaces at the Columbia St doors. Designated disabled parking spaces are available to the public on first-come-first-served basis in our private parking lot on the west side of Terry Ave near our Columbia St doors. There are two designated wheelchairs available at the main entrance. For assistance during public hours, please call 206 432 8219.

MOVING THROUGH THE MUSEUM

The Frye’s galleries, restrooms, and facilities are designed in accordance with ADA specifications. A ramp leads visitors to the museum’s front entrance, where power-assisted doors are available, and the museum’s galleries, auditorium, café, and Store are located on a single floor.

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Frye Art Museum gallery map

 

Download a PDF version of the map. 

At the Visitor Services Desk, we also provide the following complimentary rentals on a first-come-first-served basis:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Pair of crutches
  • Canes
  • Portable folding chairs

ELEVATORS

Elevators provide access to spaces with stairs, including the Art Studio and Administrative Offices.

GALLERY EXPERIENCE

The museum is quietest between 11 am and 1 pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Please note that there tends to be a higher number of visitors on the weekends and holidays.

Lighting in the galleries may be dimmed for some exhibitions for display or conservation purposes.

Learn more about the Frye's COVID-19 response. 

SEATING

Benches are located throughout the museum. Mobility scooters are permitted in the galleries.

RESTROOMS

Frye Art Museum has two all-gender restrooms in the hallway by the Museum Store. Men’s and women’s restrooms are located past the Auditorium near the Columbia St. doors. All restrooms are fully accessible. 

SERVICE ANIMALS

Trained service dogs are welcome to assist visitors in the museum. Pets are not allowed.

CLOSED CAPTIONING & TRANSCRIPTS

Some exhibition videos have closed captioning in English. If a video does not have closed captioning, transcripts are available.

LISTENING DEVICES

Assistive listening devices are available upon request for all programs and events in the Frye’s Auditorium. A new set of ear buds is provided for each use. Please ask a staff member for assistance upon check-in.

CREATIVE AGING PROGRAMS

The Frye offers a range of programs for older adults and adults living with dementia and their care partners.