The Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park makes world class art easily available to the public. Its nine acres provides one of the few green areas in Seattle's downtown and includes a beach. The park has won many awards for its design and is now seen as a landmark of the city. It's free too so you can visit without needing to pay admission to the Art Museum itself.
Things to Do
- The Sculpture Park has many notable works in its permanent collection. The large 125 feet steel piece Wake by Richard Serra invited you to actually walk through the work so that the experience becomes more participatory.
- Eagle by Alexander Calder is another large steel piece which is painted red; it always leaves an impression on visitors. Something a little smaller is Seattle Cloud Cover by Teresita Fernandez; a glass structure which creates wonderful reflections when caught in the sun light.
- When visiting you should try and catch one of the free public tours of the Park. The "Site, Sculpture, Shoreline" tour gives a sixty minute overview of the Park's design and history. It will also give you an insight into the meaning and significance of many of the works.
Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park Insider Tips
- Although the Art Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays the Sculpture Park is open from sunrise to sunset 365 days a year.
- You can find paid parking in the nearby PACCAR Pavilion Garage whose entrance can be found on the southeast corner of Broad Street and Western Avenue. Rates during the week start at $6 and go up to $22 for all day parking. On weekends the max you will pay is $10.