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Parking around Seattle Art Museum is no easy challenge. The main museum at 1300 First Avenue is in the middle of Seattle’s busy downtown, right next to the city’s biggest attractions like the Pike Place Market and Elliot Bay waterfront. The Seattle Art Museum features art collections, temporary and special exhibits from around the world, drawing a significant number of visitors annually. It’s open on the weekends, and the visitor count peaks during afternoons – which is the same for most of the other downtown attractions.
You’ll have no trouble finding your way to the Seattle Art Museum. There is an on-site parking garage, while discounted parking is also available at an off-site parking facility, only a short walk away. While you’ll find street parking nearby, there’s no guarantee you can park instantly. Also, metered parking comes with 2-4-hour time limits. Drive-up rates at off-street parking facilities in the neighborhood are expensive. But there’s one way to get around it; pre-book your parking near Seattle Art Museum for the lowest rates available. Use Way.com or the Way app to find the best Seattle Art Museum parking deals and get extra discounts when you book a spot early.
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Parking is available at the Russel Investment Center Garage at the museum. The entrance to the underground garage is on Union Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue, and ADA-accessible parking spots are also available at this garage. Another option is the Third and Stewart Garage on Stewart Street between Second Avenue and Third Avenue, four blocks away from the museum. The Pike Place Market Parking Garage, Hillclimb Garage, Charter Hotel Garage, and other parking facilities are nearby. Metered street parking spots are available on First and Second Avenues, Union Street, and University Street outside the museum.
Discounted rates with parking validation at the Seattle Art Museum parking garage cost $8 for up to four hours. These rates apply only from Friday to Sunday. At the Third and Steward Garage, you can pay $10 for up to four hours, with parking validation from the museum. Beyond four hours, general parking rates apply, which goes up to $35 daily maximum at the Seattle Art Museum parking garage. Other parking garages and lots nearby charge at least $10 an hour; lower rates are available for online reservations on parking apps. Metered parking will cost you around $1 an hour.
Free parking in downtown Seattle is hard to find during the day. The closest spots that might be available are on Fourth Avenue. There are a couple of free parking spaces on First and Second Avenue too. If you get lucky and find them empty, make sure to check posted signs for temporary restrictions and time limits. Finding discounted parking around Seattle Art Museum is easier – a few bucks saved is better than nothing. Get your parking vouchers at the museum, or pre-book a parking spot online for exclusive discounts.
The cheapest parking rates are always available online; reserved parking will save you a lot more than you think. While there’s nothing much you can save with drive-up rates at downtown Seattle garages, pre-booked parking will get you exclusive discounts, and special rates offered on online reservations. You can also compare parking lots and garages on a parking website or app before booking the best spots. Book ahead of your visit to get maximum discounts on parking near Seattle Art Museum.
Seattle Art Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Saturday afternoons are the busiest visitor hours. During weekdays, peak visiting hours at the museum and other Seattle attractions nearby are afternoon. Arrive early in the day for a hassle-free parking experience.
For discounted parking, get your parking vouchers at the museum's ticketing desk before returning to the garage.
Always check parking signs when using street parking spots – metered or unmetered. Temporary regulations and restrictions can get you in trouble. Look out for restricted parking zones.
On average, a Seattle parking ticket will cost you $44-$200, while secure garage spaces are available for just $4 an hour.
Always choose parking garages with up-to-date security features like camera surveillance, contactless parking, etc., for maximum safety.