Olympic Sculpture Park
Type: Art Museums, Museums, Parks
Stroll through the grounds, and admire the fascinating large-scale works on display at this nine-acre green space that's just one mile north of the Seattle Art Museum. Extensive landscaping enhances... Read More
Stroll through the grounds, and admire the fascinating large-scale works on display at this nine-acre green space that's just one mile north of the Seattle Art Museum. Extensive landscaping enhances the park's beauty, and a walkway, extending from the beach to Belltown, provides views of the Puget Sound and of downtown landmarks. Among the pieces on view, find "Eye Benches I, II, III" by Louise Bourgeois, a series of functional carved-granite benches that take the form of giant eyeballs. Also, find work from the height of famed sculptor Alexander Calder's career,"The Eagle" (1971), a huge, abstract steel sculpture that's bright orange and hard to miss.
- Daily Sunrise-Sunset
Parking $5 - $22
- Outdoor Activities: "Afterward, stroll along the ever-evolving waterfront to see sites like the recently rebuilt Pier 62, designed to be a flexible park space with views of Elliott Bay, the Olympics and the Seattle skyline. A floating dock provides direct access to the water and will include art by artist Stephen Vitiello. At sunset, grab a bite or drink in the lounge of Six Seven at the Edgewater Hotel or on the patio of Old Stove Brewing in Pike Place Market."
- Romantic Things to Do: "Before or after wandering this dreamy urban sculpture park, stroll toward Pike Place Market to support your favorite local vendors. Looking for a fancy cocktail or waterside bite? Head to Six Seven Restaurant, located inside The Edgewater Hotel."
- Free Things to Do: "Afterward, stroll along the ever-evolving waterfront to see sites like the recently rebuilt Pier 62, designed to be a flexible park space with views of Elliott Bay, the Olympics and the Seattle skyline. A floating dock provides direct access to the water and will include art by artist Stephen Vitiello. New grating along the seawall increases light to the nearshore salmon habitat below."
- Family-Friendly Museums, Attractions near Cruise Port, Parks, Attractions near KeyArena at Seattle Center, Beaches: "Although it's mostly an outdoor experience, the sculpture park features the PACCAR Pavilion, within which the Seattle Art Museum operates the SAM Shop at Olympic Sculpture Park. The shop offers a delightful and distinctive collection of artist multiples and art objects that serve as tasteful souvenirs of your visit here."
- Best for Outdoor Activities Because: Olympic Sculpture Park proves a perfect downtown spot for strolling the grounds and admiring fascinating large-scale works on display within a picturesque nine-acre green space.
- Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: Head to downtown's Olympic Sculpture Park for stunning views of modern art against an astounding natural backdrop.
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: The free Olympic Sculpture Park brings alfresco art to a stunning, nine-acre waterfront setting.
- Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: Kids (and parents, too!) delight in wandering the open space of the Olympic Sculpture Park, where beautiful art enjoys a stunning natural backdrop.
- Best for Attractions near Cruise Port Because: The Olympic Sculpture Park draws visitors for its unique allure: a free, alfresco art "museum," with stunning water views.
- Best for Parks, Attractions near KeyArena at Seattle Center Because: The Olympic Sculpture Park brings beautiful modern art to a scenic, alfresco setting with views of the mountains and water.
- Best for Beaches Because: Downtown's Olympic Sculpture Park reveals some hidden beaches (down the hill from the art), perfect for strolling (with dogs!) or simply taking in the scenery.
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