The first thing to know about the Frye is it is free, so what are you waiting for? It’s also priceless: The exhibits here are consistently interesting, plus there are many special events. Changing exhibitions tend toward contemporary art, while the semi-permanent Frye Salon features a roomful of more than 140 paintings. It recreates the gallery brought together by museum benefactors Charles and Emma Frye in their elegant Seattle home 100 years ago.
Budget an hour or so to wander the galleries. Consider timing your visit to take in a gallery tour or an event or two; the Frye’s weekly meditation session at 12:30 on Wednesday is a favorite with nearby healthcare pros and creative folks alike. There’s programming for everyone from little kids to people with early-stage dementia. The onsite cafe is a splendid spot for lunch. The Frye is on Seattle’s First Hill, a one-mile heart-starting walk from the downtown core (or take bus #3 or #4 or hail a Lyft).