Seattle Art Museum – Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon Exhibit

An ornament shaped Moche hybrid half-cat, half-octopus animal.

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) will host an exhibit of over 100 Peruvian national treasures on tour for the first time outside of Peru. The artwork includes sculptures, gold and silver metalworks, paintings and textiles spanning a history of over 3,000 years. The exhibit will be at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) from October 17, 2013 – January 5, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

Parking | Location | Ticket Prices | Free Days | Days & Hours | Cheap Eats & Happy Hour | Holiday Closures

Works displayed include pieces from the Mochica, Chimú and Inca native people of Peru. Colonial and Vice-royal eras of Peru are represented by paintings and sculptures. Paintings and folk art created after the independence from Spain and additional work from the 20th-century with also be presented.

The exhibit was first shown in Montreal, Quebec, Canada earlier in 2013 from February 2 – June 16, 2013 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Parking in Downtown Seattle

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Seattle Parking Details (PDF) – The Seattle Art Museum is located in the commercial core of downtown Seattle. Street parking is paid until 8pm and street parking costs $4.00 per hour.

After 5pm parking may extended from a 2-hour limit to a 3-hour limit until 8pm (check signs)

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NOTE: Double-check parking signs for additional information and restrictions

Seattle Art Museum – Location

The Seattle Art Museum is located on First Avenue between Union and University streets. The museum is across the street from Benaroya Hall (which is between 2nd and 3rd Avenues and Union and University streets).

Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101-2003
Phone: 206.654.3100

Recommended directions from SAM Website for walking, driving, biking to the museum.

SAM Peru Ticket Prices
Special Exhibition Admission Prices:

$20 Adult
$17 Senior (62+), Military (with ID)
$12 Student (with ID), Teen (13–17)
FREE for children (12 and under)
FREE for SAM members
The special exhibition fee includes admission to SAM collections and installations.

Free Days at the Museum
First Thursday Prices for Special Peru Exhibit:

Free days for the permanent collection at SAM are on the first Thursday of the month. The special exhibit for Peru requires a surcharge as listed below:

$10 Adult (half price of normal Peru exhibit admission)
$8 Senior (62+), Military (with ID)
$6 Student (with ID)
FREE for children (12 and under)
FREE for teens (19 and under)
FREE for SAM members

Includes access to special exhibitions as well as all SAM collections and installations.

SAM – Days and Hours of Operation:

Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday–Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Learn more about Peru in this video of the Miraflores District of Lima, Peru:

Cheap Eats Near SAM & Happy Hour at TASTE

iLiveWhereIam recommends: Thai 2 Go
823 3rd Ave, Ste 105 (between Marion St & Columbia St)
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-332-1839
Nearby; cheap; great food – only open from 11am – 4pm; Monday – Friday – Very large portions of great Thai food for only $6 (includes 2 scoops of rice for most meals)

Taste Cafe in SAM Building (PDF Menu)
To Go sandwiches ($6.25), salads ($5.50), snacks and coffee

Taste Restaurant in SAM Building
Wednesday – Saturday (closed Monday & Tuesday)
Lunch: 11am – 3pm ($11 – $15)
Happy Hour: 3pm – 6pm (small plates $5 – $13; domestic beer $3; select wine $7)
Dinner: 5pm – 9pm (entrees $11 – $22)
Sunday Brunch: 11am – 4pm

Tacos Guaymas (note: website link has music)
Across the street from SAM in “The Harbor Steps” area
1303 1st Ave, Seattle, WA
Phone: 206-624-5062

SAM Holiday Closures

The Seattle Art Museum will be closed on the following dates during the Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon Exhibit:

Veterans Day – Monday, November 11, 2013
Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 28, 2013
Christmas Eve – Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Christmas Day – Wednesday, December 25, 2013
New Year’s Eve – Tuesday, December 31, 2013
New Year’s Day – Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The exhibit closes on Sunday, January 5, 2014.

Video from the Montreal Exhibit of Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon: