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?
Due to Covid-19, we are not currently offering public tours, self-guided tours, or school field trips.
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.
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.
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.
We request that visitors follow these guidelines for copying works of art:
- It is prohibited to copy works of art on loan to the Frye Art Museum and works of art restricted by copyright. No copyist or other person may offer any copy for sale on the premises of the Museum, nor may any person solicit commissions or employment to copy while on Museum property. The copyist must never make any representation, explicit or implicit, that the copy is anything more than a reproduction by the copyist of a work of art.
- Portfolios, containers, and large bags are not permitted in the galleries.
- No additional equipment is permitted (i.e. lights, ladders, extension cords, etc.).
- Due care must be taken to prevent blocking aisles and doorways. Artists should not obstruct the view of any works of art.
- Graphite pencils or colored pencils are allowed for sketching. Liquids, oils, or anything that gives off dust such as pastels or charcoal are not allowed. No inks or waxes are permitted.
- Use of fixatives and sprays is prohibited.
- All sketching must be done at least four feet away from objects to allow visitors to view the artwork.
- Size of sketchpad may not exceed 9 x 12 inches.
- Sketching while sitting on the floor or on one’s own portable stool is permitted. Easels are not permitted. If galleries are crowded, Museum staff may ask visitors to stop sketching or writing.
- Sketching artists may work any time the Museum is open but should be packed up and ready to exit 10 minutes before closing.
- Museum Staff may ask that work be discontinued if a problem is perceived or if galleries become crowded with other visitors.
- The Museum is unable to accommodate large groups and classes, due to limited space in galleries.
- In the event of an accident, a Security staff member must be contacted immediately so that an incident report may be prepared and a Collections staff member is notified. Artists are responsible for any damage to works of art or building surfaces.
- A Museum employee will inspect the area for any damage and to ensure that it is cleaned before the artist leaves.