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!

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.

Make sure to visit the Museum Store for postcards, catalogues, and other items featuring artworks and exhibitions.

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?

Public tours are available Tuesday through Sunday at 11:30 am and 1 pm, beginning in the rotunda. Every Third Thursday of the month, join a Happy Hour Tour starting at 5:30 pm in Café Frieda. Public tours are free.

Private tours are available Tuesday through Sunday at no additional cost. At least three weeks’ advanced notice is required to schedule a private tour. Each private tour can accommodate up to 20 people and can be customized to meet the group’s needs. Book a private tour

Self-guided tours are available Tuesday through Sunday between 11 am and 4 pm, Thursday until 6 pm, year-round. Two business days’ advanced notice is required for self-guided tours. 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?

Visitors are asked to check any backpacks, large bags, umbrellas, or other articles at the Frye’s Information Desk.

Coat racks are also located in the main entrance, as well as near the restrooms. The Frye Art Museum is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Are food or drinks allowed at the Museum?

In order to protect artworks, food or drink is not allowed in the museum galleries. Visitors may eat a delicious assortment of entrées, desserts, coffee, and other items available at the Museum's Café Frieda. Please note, outside food and drink is not allowed in the Café.

Can I touch artworks?

Visitors are encouraged to engage with art presented in the Frye. To avoid harming the collections and exhibitions, please avoid touching any artworks. 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.

Can kids visit the Museum alone?

We encourage art lovers of all ages to visit the Frye, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

What should I leave at home?

It is important that everyone has a fun and thoughtful visit to the Frye Art Museum. In order to ensure that everyone has the best visit possible, please leave selfie sticks, gum, balloons, markers, and flowers (unless approved by Museum Staff) at home.

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, 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) or 206 432 8214.

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: