United States

Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Avenue

WA 98121
Phone: (206) 748-9285
Website: http://www.seattleartmuse

Olympic Sculpture Park

The Olympic Sculpture Park, which opened on Jan. 20, 2007, has transformed downtown Seattle’s largest undeveloped waterfront property from a former industrial site into open and vibrant green space for art. As the Seattle Art Museum’s third venue, this new park gives Seattle residents and visitors the opportunity to experience a variety of sculpture in an outdoor setting, while enjoying the incredible views and beauty of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound.

Design Highlights: Weiss/Manfredi’s competition-winning Z-shaped design integrates architecture, landscape design and urban infrastructure to unify three separate parcels of land and create topographically diverse settings for art. Rising over a four-lane road and railroad tracks, the park also features pedestrian pathways for safe access to the waterfront and adjoining Myrtle Edwards Park.

The PACCAR Pavilion at the park’s main entrance houses a flexible exhibition and public event space, a café and underground parking. Designed as an extension of the 2,500-foot park path, the split-level pavilion features folded stainless steel and mirrored custom glass to capture reflections of the surrounding landscape. The adjoining plaza and Gates Amphitheater serve as a venue for films and performances.

The Z-shaped path links the Barry Ackerley Family East Meadow and the Kreielsheimer North Meadow, filled with native grasses and wildflowers, and a series of garden precincts that represent archetypal Northwest landscapes: the Valley, a dense temperate evergreen forest of fir, cedar and ferns; the Henry and William Ketcham Families Grove, a transitional deciduous forest of ... [ Read all ]


Admission to the Olympic Sculpture Park is free. Paid parking is available in the PACCAR Pavilion garage.

Opening hours

The Olympic Sculpture Park is open daily 6 a.m.–9 p.m. from May through September. From October through April, the park is open daily from 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

The PACCAR Pavilion is open from May to September: Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays) from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. From October to April: Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The PACCAR Pavilion is open on Monday holidays, but closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. (Hours are subject to change; please verify before publication.)

Getting there

2901 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
The nine-acre site is located in the Belltown neighborhood, bordering Broad Street to the south, Bay Street to the north, Western Avenue to the east and the Elliott Bay shoreline, where it connects to Myrtle Edwards Park, to the west.


May 1–September 30
Closed Mondays
Tuesday–Sunday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

October 1–April 30
Closed Mondays
Tuesday–Sunday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The SAM Shop is located in the PACCAR Pavilion. Inspired by the landscape and sculpture of the park, SAM Shop at the Olympic Sculpture Park will delight you with its distinctive collection of artist multiples and objects to remind you of your visit to the park. SAM members receive a 15% discount.


May 1–September 30
Closed Mondays
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

October 1–April 30
Closed Mondays
Tuesday–Sunday: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

SAM Taste Café, located in the PACCAR Pavilion, will offer picnic-worthy fare. Chill-chasing soups and hot cocoa will warm up winter. Freshly squeezed lemonade and ”retro” ice cream treats will refresh you during summer. Year-round, enjoy an espresso for a true Seattle experience. SAM members receive a 10% discount.

All public facilities are wheelchair-accessible and the main path is ADA-accessible.

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SAM docents provide free public tours of the park on Saturdays and Sundays; private and group tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Call (206) 654-3123 for more information. Sign-language interpretation is available upon request with two weeks’ notice; call 654-3124 (voice) or 654-3137 (TDD).


Annual Seattle Art Museum membership is $60 for individuals, $85 for families, $30 for students, $35 for seniors and $200 for patrons. For further information call (206) 654-3180.