United States

University of Washington, 15th Ave NE & NE 41st St
Phone: 206.543.2280

Henry Art Gallery

The Henry Art Gallery delivers a direct experience of the art of our time.

The Henry Art Gallery engages diverse audiences in the powerful experience of artistic invention and serves as a catalyst for the creation of new work that inspires and challenges. Exhibitions, collections, and public programs stimulate research and teaching at the University of Washington, provide a creative wellspring for artists, and reveal a record of modern artistic inquiry from the advent of photography in the mid-19th century to the multidisciplinary art and design of the 21st.

Permanent Collection

The museum's exhibitions bring important works of art to Seattle from throughout the world and bring into public view works of art from the Northwest. These exhibitions and their related programs invite dialogue about contemporary culture, politics, aesthetics and the traditions of visual art and design of the last two centuries. Exhibitions at the Henry frequently present recent or newly commissioned work of visually and conceptually challenging artists such as Ann Hamilton (1992), Gary Hill (1994), Kara Walker (1998), Roni Horn (1998), Leone & Macdonald (1999), Josiah McElheny (1998), Jennifer Steinkamp (1999), Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (2000) and Tony Oursler (2000). The museum also hosts nationally and internationally touring exhibitions such as DEEP STORAGE, The Arsenal of Memory (1998), Thinking Print (1998), Inside Out: New Chinese Art (1999 - 2000) and Andy Warhol: Drawings, 1942 - 1987 (July 20 - October 8, 2000). The Henry has built a reputation for innovative programming, educational opportunities and diverse film and lecture series. Building on the rich academic culture of the University of Washington and the supportive and highly-involved arts culture of Seattle and the Northwest, the museum fosters collaboration with the public and community groups as well as with students and faculty of the University.The Henry's permanent collection of over 20,500 objects includes late 19th and 20th century paintings, the extensive Monsen Collection of Photography, and a textile and costume collection, along with a burgeoning collection of cutting-edge works in new media.


Paul Strand: The Mexican Portfolio
Through July 1, 2007

Marie Jager: The Purple Cloud & Other Stories
Through June 21, 2007

Carsten Höller: Neon Circle
Through May 13, 2007

James Turrell SKYSPACE
Sculpture Court
Permanent Installation

Previous Exhibitions

2005 Exhibitions:

Santiago Cucullu
Hershmanlandia: The Art and Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson
Sign Language
150 Works of Art
Minus Space: Lead Pencil Studio
Seeing the Unseen
Trimpin: Phffft
Doug Aitken: interiors
Celebrity Skin
Short Stories : Contemporary Selections
Axel Lieber: Release
WOW (The Work of the Work)

For a full listing please see,

Forthcoming exhibitions

University of Washington
Master of Fine Arts Exhibition 2007
May 12 – June 17, 2007

General Idea Editions 1967-1995
June 2 – August 5, 2007

Mouth Open, Teeth Showing:
Major Works from the True Collection
June 23 – September 23, 2007

July 7 – September 9, 2007


$10.00 General Admission

$6.00 Seniors (62 and older)

free Henry Art Gallery Members; UW students, faculty and staff with ID; High School & college students with ID; Children 13 years and under

Thursdays 11- 8 Free

Free Thursdays are made possible by
The Boeing Company.

Opening hours

Gallery and shop

11 - 5 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

11 - 8 Thursday

Baci cafe @ the Henry

9:30 - 4 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

9:30 - 7 Thursday

11 - 4 Saturday

Closed Sunday and Monday

Getting there

The Henry Art Gallery is located on the western edge of the University of Washington campus at 15th Avenue NE and NE 41st Street.
By car take I-5 to the NE 45th Street exit and drive east to 15th Avenue NE. Turn south on 15th Avenue NE. The Gallery is on the left between NE 41st Street and Campus Parkway. Parking is often available in the underground Central Parking garage at NE 41st Street. On Sundays, parking is usually available for no fee.

The Henry Art Gallery can be reached by over twenty bus routes. Visit Metro Online or call Metro at 206.553.3300 or Community Transit at 425.778.2185 for additional information.


Wheelchair visitor parking is available in the underground Central Parking garage with elevator access to the public plaza at the Henry's main entrance. For additional disability parking information call 543.2281 or contact the UW Office of the ADA Coordinator, at least ten days in advance of an event. 543.6450 (voice); 543.6452 (TTD); 685.3885 (fax);

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he tours and resources at the Henry will open your mind to new ideas, creative thinking, and challenging exhibitions. Learn to interpret the world in new ways. To find out more please see,


Groups of 10 or more receive 25% savings on admission when visits are arranged a minimum of one week in advance. For more information please call 206.221.4980.

Guided Tours of the galleries are available to schools, organizations and private groups of ten or more. Offered Tuesday through Sunday, tours are led by trained Exhibition Guides and are age and interest appropriate based on the needs of the group. Tour reservations must be made a minimum of four weeks prior to the projected tour date and a special combined tour and admission discount rate is available when payment is made with one check at the time of the tour.

In addition to group discount rate as it applies:

free UW class groups
$20.00 tour groups up to 16 (one guide)
$30.00 tour groups of 17 to 32 (two guides)

groups over 32 are arranged on an individual basis for group tour information and scheduling, please call the Henry at 206.221.4980.


Henry Art Gallery programs and exhibitions are supported by thousands of visitors, members, and patrons each year. This support makes our exhibitions, education programs, events, and community outreach programs possible.

What you may not know is that individuals like you provide the majority of the Henry's funding – and we need you now more than ever. Here's how you can help:

or increase your current membership support! You'll receive free admission to the Henry during regular hours, a 15% discount at Baci Cafe and Peter Miller at the Henry, discounts on lectures and other programs, and discounted or free admission to openings. For more information, visit our membership page.

Members at $250 and above receive invitations to attend exclusive events and museum-sponsored trips, complimentary tickets and reserved seating for museum lectures, and passes to exhibitions for your guests. Find out more: please visit our Patron Membership page or email

Other ways to support the Henry
include planned giving, non-cash donations, and contributions of works of art to the Henry's permanent collection. If you are interested in making a gift, or would like more information, please email

Interested in other ways to experience art and support the Henry? Get Involved!

- Volunteer at events
- Help out in the museum offices
- Train to be an exhibition guide
- Bring friends to the Henry

Take an active role and experience art from all angles.

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Venue hire

The Henry Art Gallery is delighted to open our facilities up to the community for use. Our goal is to provide an elegant, inviting environment, and assistance in presenting a well-run event. Our rental program supports the museum’s general operations and programming while increasing awareness of the museum in the community. We truly appreciate your interest and support!

We attempt to have all rentals fit with the existing museum program schedule, the nature of art objects on exhibition, and with the mission of the museum. We are able to accommodate a wide variety of events. Our facilities include a 150 seat Auditorium, Café & Sculpture Court, Conference Room, and Education Studio. During museum closed hours, the James Turrell Skyspace and exhibiting galleries are also available to rent for exclusive viewings and private gatherings.