Street Address
Univ. Of Washington
15th Ave NE & 41st St
Seattle, WA 98195
Mailing Address
PO Box 351410
Seattle, WA 98195
phone: 206-543-2280
fax: 206-685-3123
Opening Hours
Monday - Tuesdayclosed
Wednesday11 AM - 4 PM
Thursday - Friday11 AM - 9 PM
Sunday, Saturday11 AM - 4 AM
$10: General $6: Seniors (62+) Free: Henry members; UW students, faculty, and staff with ID; high school & college students with ID; children 13 years and under, first Thursdays.
Museum Type(s)
Sylvia Wolf, Director
Betsey Brock, Associate Director for Communications


The art museum of the University of Washington, recognized for special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Collection of 18,000+ objects includes 19th-20th century paintings, photography, works on paper, and extensive textiles and costumes.



Since its founding in 1927, the Henry Art Gallery has served the Pacific Northwest as a pioneer in bringing contemporary art and ideas to the region. The Henry is a hub for audiences of all ages to experience the discovery, wonder, and surprise that contemporary art, artists, and ideas provide. The Henry staff, board, and community are committed to taking risks, and fostering dialogue and debate. Exhibitions, collections, and public programs at the Henry stimulate research and teaching at the University of Washington, provide a creative wellspring for artists, students, and educators, and reveal a record of modern artistic inquiry from the advent of photography in the mid-19th century to the multidisciplinary art and design of the 21st century.

Artifacts Collections

Henry Art Gallery Collections

The collecting activities of the Henry Art Gallery began in 1926 when Horace C. Henry offered 172 works of art and $97,000 to the University of Washington to construct the first public art museum in Seattle. The Henry’s fine art collections have grown through subsequent donations, notably with significant gifts of prints in the 1970s and the establishment of the Monsen Photography collection in 1979. The construction of the Reed Gallery in 1980, the antecedent of the present Reed Collection Study Center, allowed increased access to collections by students, professors, and outside scholars. Recent collecting activities have focused on acquiring works representing developments in contemporary art, particularly in the areas of photography, new media, and installation art. The Henry’s permanent collection includes over 24,000 objects.

The Henry Art Gallery collection also includes the extensive holdings of the University of Washington’s former Costume and Textile Study Center, transferred to the Henry Art Gallery in 1982. This unique regional resource focuses on design and process.

Highlights from our Fine Arts collection:

  • The Joseph and Elaine Monsen Collection of Photography
  • A growing collection of contemporary works on paper
  • The Horace C. Henry Collection of 19th century landscape paintings
  • The Stimson-Bullitt Collection of 19th century prints
  • The Elizabeth Bayley Willis and Robert Sperry Collection of Japanese folk pottery and West Coast ceramics
  • The Thomas and Frances Blakemore Collection of Japanese prints and ceramics
  • The William and Ruth True Collection of contemporary art

Educational Programs


Programs, special events, tours, and resources at the Henry can open your mind to new ideas, creative thinking, and challenging exhibitions. Learn to interpret the world in new ways. Students can take advantage of free admission to the galleries, student membership, and UW Students can participate in the Student / Henry Advisory Group (SHAG).

The Henry offers and resources, and special events for K-12 and University level educators, plus educational programs and events that are open to the general public.

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The Gift Shop by Matthew Offenbacher

Designed by David Knowles

Matthew Offenbacher’s The Gift Shop with orange risograph prints is layered on black and white images of work 2009-2010 multi-artist exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery’s former museum shop. Matthew Offenbacher asks the questions: What can an art exhibition do? How can artists work together? Who is the audience for an art exhibition? What responsibilities do artists have towards their audience? What responsibilites do audiences have? What is the relationship between artists and the institutions who support them? What can we learn from each other?

“Museum gift shops are fabulously liminal places. They sit in the middle of a complex web of transitional space, shifting methods of discourse, utopian and practical considerations, different understandings and misunderstanding of the purpose and function of art.”

The Gift Shop was published by Publication Studio.

$25 soft cover; $10 DRM-free ebook

92 pp.

8/5″ × 8.5″ × 0.25″

ISBN: 9781935662730

Marks and Angles by Lucy Pullen

Designed by Jayme Yen

With visual art, philosophy, quantum physics, and the help of engineers and astrophysicists Lucy Pullen created The Cloud Chamber and The Spark Chamber. When a cosmic ray enters The Cloud Chamber a contrail is created and when a cosmic ray enters The Spark Chamber a spark is ignited. Marks and Angles is Lucy Pullen’s book created in conjunction with her 2009 exhibition The Cloud Chamber and Related Works published by Publication Studio. It is bound in reflective mirror dust paper and there is a hole punched through the entire book.

$40 soft cover; $10 DRM-free ebook

130 pp.

9″ × 7.75″ × 0.25″

ISBN: 9781935662686


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