Tips for Visiting the Frye

Have questions about visiting the Frye Art Museum? Check out these frequently asked questions before visiting. We're looking forward to welcoming you to the Museum! Due to Covid-19, we have some additional visitor policies in place. Please be sure to read all the guidelines on our Covid response page before you plan your visit!

Can I take pictures at the Museum?

See a work of art on display that you love? Handheld, still photography is allowed in most areas of the Museum for personal, non-commercial use. However, certain temporary exhibitions may prohibit photography or video; there will be signage if photography is not allowed, as well as Museum Staff available to answer any questions. Please note, use of flash photography, tripods, and monopods are not permitted.

Please see below for the complete photography policies or to request additional information about commercial photography.

Can I sketch at the Museum?

The Frye Collections provide an exceptional setting for artists and visitors to sketch and copy works of art. Sketching with pencils is always encouraged. Please see the below sketching policies for additional information about groups of three or more artists, allowed sketching materials, and other specifics for sketching in the Frye galleries.

Are there tours available?

Frye in Focus tours are available Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm, meeting in the Rotunda. These short-form, 30-minute tours focus on a specific exhibition or grouping of works. Free.

Private tours are available Wednesday through Sunday between 11 am and 4 pm at an additional cost of $30 for members and $50 for non-members. At least three weeks’ advanced notice is required to schedule a private tour. Each private tour can accommodate up to 10 people and can be customized to meet the group’s needs. Book a private tour.

Self-guided tours are available Wednesday through Sunday between 11 am and 4 pm year-round. Two business days’ advanced notice is required for self-guided tours. These tours are self-directed museum visits for organized groups of 6 or more participants. Book a self-guided tour.

The Museum also offers guided tours and other programs for schools. Learn more about field trips to the Museum.

Are bags allowed in the Museum?

Due to Covid-19, bag and coat check services are not currently available. Please leave all large bags at home.

Are food or drinks allowed at the Museum?

In order to protect artworks, food and drinks are not allowed in the museum galleries.

Can I touch artworks?

Visitors are encouraged to engage with art presented in the Frye. To avoid harming the collections and exhibitions, please do not touch any artworks unless there is signage clearly indicating that the artwork is meant to be handled. Visitors are asked to keep 2 feet, approximately an arms length, distance from artworks. Paintings and other works of art are fragile and the natural oils on skin can damage their surface.

What about visiting the Museum with kids?

We encourage art lovers of all ages to visit the Frye! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Strollers are permitted in the galleries, but we ask that you do not leave them unattended and use caution around artworks. Because our bag-check service remains closed, we ask that large diaper bags be left at home or stored in a stroller during your visit. Please note that no food or drink is permitted in the Museum. Diaper changing stations are located in the restrooms by the Columbia Street exit.

Can I bring my pet to the Museum?

Service animals are the only animals allowed in the Museum. The Museum adheres to all Washington State laws and policies regarding service animals.

What is the best way to get to the Frye Art Museum?

The Frye Art Museum is located in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood, close to downtown and Capitol Hill. There are many public transportation options, as well as local parking garages and street parking in the surrounding blocks. See the below map of suggested ways to get to the Museum.

Photography Policy

Visitors to the Frye Art Museum may take handheld still photography in many areas of the museum and of works from the Museum’s Founding Collection for personal, non-commercial use. Photography of temporary exhibitions is limited. Please check at the entrance of all exhibitions or the gallery map available at the Information Desk for any restrictions in those galleries.

Flash photography, tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, and video cameras are not permitted in the Museum.

Press, commercial, and educational photography and film requests must be approved at least 5 days in advance by contacting the Frye Art Museum Communications Department at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Frye Art Museum may photograph, film, or videotape visitors for educational and promotional purposes. Visitation is implied consent for the use of the visitor’s likeness, voice, or video image for marketing purposes.

Sketching Policy

The Frye Collections provide an exceptional setting for artists and visitors to sketch and copy works of art. We welcome all to sketch in the Museum galleries, however advance permission is required for groups of three or more artists. To make a request for permission to sketch in the galleries, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 206 432 8241 two weeks prior to intended date of visit.

We request that visitors follow these guidelines for copying works of art: