Accessibility at the Frye
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.
GETTING TO THE MUSEUM
BY PUBLIC TRANSIT
Routes 3 and 4: James St and 8th Ave
Route 60: 9th Ave and Columbia St
Route 12: Madison St and 9th Ave
The First Hill Streetcar runs approximately every 10-15 minutes. The nearest stop is Broadway & Marion.
Pioneer Square Link Station: 3rd Ave & James St.
Please note, this station is approximately a 15-minute walk from the Museum at a steep incline.
From Southbound I-5
Take the James St exit 165A
Merge onto 6th Ave
Left on Cherry Ave
Left onto Terry Ave
From Northbound I-5
Take exit 164A for Dearborn St toward James St/Madison St
Keep right, follow signs for James St
Continue straight onto 7th Ave
Right on James St
Left on Terry Ave
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.
Paid public street parking is available along Terry Ave, 9th Ave, Columbia St, Marion St, and Cherry St. There are also several paid parking lots nearby the Museum, including the Cabrini Tower Parking Garage at 1010 Marion St; Impark Lot at 815 9th Ave; and Swedish Hospital Marion & Minor Garage. Other paid parking lots are available throughout First Hill.
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 Frieda, and Store are located on a single floor.
At the Visitor Services Desk, we also provide the following complimentary rentals on a first-come-first-served basis:
- Pair of crutches
- Portable folding chairs
Elevators provide access to spaces with stairs, including the Art Studio and Administrative Offices.
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.
Benches are located throughout the Museum. Mobility scooters are permitted in the galleries.
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.
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.
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. Learn more.