Frye Art Museum

A free museum built around a founding collection of late-19th and early-20th-century painting, with a rotating exhibitions program focused on regional and international contemporary creative practice.

Located on Seattle’s First Hill, the Frye Art Museum first opened its doors in 1952 as the legacy of Charles and Emma Frye, prominent early-twentieth-century Seattle business leaders and art collectors.

The collection includes nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century German and American paintings, as well as more contemporary works that bridge visual art, media, and installation.

In addition to the founding collection of Charles and Emma Frye always on view, the Museum hosts a wide variety of rotating exhibitions featuring local, national, and international artists. Admission to the Museum is always free.

Image Captions

  1. Building entrance, Frye Art Museum. Photo: Skip Howard.
  2. Carol Mothner. The Wait, 1998. Egg tempera on panel. 15 ¾ x 15 ¾ in. Frye Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1999.005. Photo: Jueqian Fang  Photo: Jueqian Fang
  3. Marsden Hartley. Chirimoyas, 1932. Oil on Masonite. 16 x 24 3/4 x 1/4 in. Museum Purchase, 1956.011. Photo: Mark Woods
  4. Katherine Bradford. Woman Flying, 1999. Oil on canvas drop cloth. 84 x 72 in. Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Museum purchase with support from the Friends of the Collection, 2012.14. © Katherine Bradford. Image courtesy Luc Demers
  5. Molly Jae Vaughan. After Boucher: Untitled, 2022. Digital print on vinyl. 16 x 20 ft. Courtesy of the artist. Installation view from Boren Banner Series: Molly Vaughan, Frye Art Museum, October 22, 2022–April 16, 2023. Photo: Jueqian Fang
  6. Winold Reiss. Tama Saki, 1929. Pastel and crayon on paper. 39 x 26 in. Gift of Frances Stevens Stuart, 2001.001. Photo: Jueqian Fang