Visit Bellevue Arts Museum

Tips & Guidelines

Here are some tips and guidelines to get the most out of your visit to BAM.

Store Your Belongings

Please store oversized parcels, backpacks, purses, and bags at Guest Services. A coatroom with lockers is available on the first floor.

Get Close, but Please Do Not Touch

While we encourage visitors to get up close to the artwork, we ask that you do not touch the art. Artworks are fragile, and natural oils, salts, moisture, and small particles on our hands can cause permanent damage. Please also refrain from leaning against walls.

Take a Picture Whenever You Can

Still photography for personal, non-commercial use is allowed in most areas of the Museum, depending on the exhibition. Visitors are welcome to take pictures in the Museum Forum (1st floor) year-round. No tripods, no flash, and no video cameras please. Galleries where photography is not permitted are clearly marked with the following symbol.
No Photos

Make Your Own Art

Feeling inspired? Visit one of BAM’s Imagination Stations located throughout the Museum and make your own artwork to take home. Great for visitors of all ages!

Sketch Away

Make a sketch of your favorite artwork. Pencils and clipboards are available free of charge at Guest Services. No ink, paint, or easels please.

Kids, Watch Out for Your Parents

BAM is a great place for even the youngest visitors. We ask that children under the age of 12 be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please visit our tips for visiting with a family page for ideas and more.

Visit the Museum Store

No Museum visit is complete until you’ve stopped by the Museum Store. Shop for unique, hand-made gifts made by artists from the Northwest and around the world.


Food & Drinks
Food and drinks are only allowed in the Museum Forum (1st floor), including the Community Education Gallery which provides seating.

Electronic Devices
To ensure an enjoyable visit for all visitors, please refrain from talking on your cell phone and other electronic devices in the galleries.

Free WiFi
Free WiFi is available in the Museum Forum (1st floor).

BAM provides free parking. The parking garage will be locked 30 minutes after the Museum closes. To retrieve your vehicle after hours at your own expense, please contact Ibsen Towing at 425.644.2575.