For decades, the Frye, founded in the early 20th century by a Seattle meat-packing family, was a sleepy place full of gilt frames and orthopedic shoes. In recent years, it's become often the most exciting contemporary art museum in Seattle. Admission AND parking are always free; It's a miracle. The outdoor gallery cafe
is open until a half hour before museum closing every day, and offers a variety of sandwiches and salads, coffees and pastries, and wine during happy hour (3-6 pm on Thursdays).