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.
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.
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 and must be checked at the Information Desk.
- 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.