Visiting Seattle Art Museum and Asian Art Museum
SAM offers suggested admission pricing for visiting the SAM Collections & Installations (special exhibitions excluded) and the Asian Art Museum.
SAM provides discounted rates for students, teens, seniors, and military with ID.
SAM members and children (14 & under) are free.
The First Thursday of every month admission to SAM Collections and Installations and the Asian Art Museum is free.
The First Friday of every month SAM's Collections and Installations and the Asian Art Museum are free for seniors.
Admission to the Olympic Sculpture Park is always free!
Visiting Seattle Asian Art Museum
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Free and discounted passes can be requested by any individual, family, or group as passes especially those for whom the cost of a ticket is prohibitive, and groups who have been historically excluded from the museum space due to systematic oppression.
Community Opening Celebrations are free and include entry to special exhibitions.
Many of our programs include free admission to our special exhibitions on the day of the event. Keep an eye on exhibition related
First Thursdays special exhibition discounts
Seniors 65+, Military (w/ID): $7.99
Students (w/ID): $4.99
Ages 19 & younger: Free
First Friday: Admission to the special exhibition is $7.99 for anyone 65 years and older.
As a part of Museums for All, SAM offers free admission to low income families and individuals receiving SNAP benefits when you show your EBT card.
King County and
Seattle Public Libraries offer free passes to special exhibitions.
City of Seattle’s Gold and FLASH card program. If you have a Gold or FLASH card, your caretaker gets free admission.
Bank of America's Museums on Us
Blue Star Museums (special exhibition surcharge may apply)
UW Art Students get free admission with sticker on their student ID
What do you offer for groups of 10 or more?
Purchase 10 or more tickets in advance to guarantee admission on days that may sell out and to receive a free copy of
Bridging Cultures, a guide to the permanent collections at SAM. Please call 206.654.3112 or
What is First Thursday?
On the first Thursday of each month, SAM Collections and Installations are free and special exhibitions are half-price. The Asian Art Museum offers free admission to all visitors.
Why is SAM adopting a new ticketing system?
The current ticketing system technology is over a decade old and no longer supported. Effective March 18, 2020 SAM will transition to a new platform from the non-profit organization Tessitura. Our visitors and members will see some changes in the online purchase process as a result.
If I have an online account, what will happen when the new ticketing system is deployed?
If you have an account, on March 18 your information will be imported into the new ticketing system, except for your unique customer password. Temporary passwords will be assigned to accounts with email addresses.
You will need to click on “Forgot Password” to complete your account profile and establish a new password.
After the new ticketing system is active, if you are a SAM member, be sure to log in as a member before you add tickets to your cart. Your member rates will be converted to the correct price at the checkout page.
That’s it! Once you update your password, you will be able to get tickets online, renew or purchase memberships, and make donations.
We apologize for the brief inconvenience, but are confident this change will improve our onsite and online ticket purchase experience for all of our members and visitors.
What if I do not already have an online account?
If you do not have an account already, you will be prompted to create an account with a login and password in order to check out online.
What do I do if I lost my print-at-home tickets?
If you have lost your print-at-home tickets, you can reprint your tickets by logging-in to your online account and clicking “Purchase History” in “My Account Info” You can also visit the Will Call line at the Admissions Desk in the museum and have your tickets reprinted by an Admission Representative.
What do I do if I didn’t receive a confirmation email?
Please start by checking your email account’s Junk Mail folder. Be sure to have your email account set-up to receive emails sent from
firstname.lastname@example.org before you purchase additional tickets. You can also log in to to your SAM account and confirm your purchase under Purchase History.
Tour times and topics vary throughout the year. Tours are free with museum admission. See upcoming tours on our
Art Beyond Sight
Monthly tours of the museum’s collection to visitors with low or no vision are available. Visit our
Accessibility page for more details and tour dates.
A Closer Look: Highlights from SAM's Collection
View creatively installed galleries and discuss outstanding artwork from SAM’s collections.
Seattle Art Museum: Boldly Reimagined
Intersect with themes that are essential to many of Asia’s cultures and are explored through objects in the museum’s renowned Asian art collection.
My Favorite Things
Seattle’s highly opinionated visual artists, dancers, curators, critics, and more are invited to select their favorite works of art in SAM’s galleries to discuss during these 30-minute tours.
Where can I find information on school tours?
Schools and Educator page for everything you need to know about K–12 school tours.
Do you offer private tours?
Yes! Our experienced guides can customize your experience of the museum. Groups pay a flat-rate fee in addition to discounted admission.
Find out more.
Can I take photos?
Non-flash photography is permitted in most areas of the museum for personal, noncommercial use, with the following restrictions
For press and other special photography, including filming and video projects, please contact
SAM Public Relations. For images of artworks owned by SAM, please see
SAM reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce images of objects in its collection.
Photography is prohibited of artwork with this symbol:
Does SAM have a coat check?
Seattle Art Museum and the Asian Art Museum both provide complimentary coat check services. Please be prepared to check the following items prior to entering the museum galleries
Bags or other items larger than 11 x 15 in size
Backpacks or other items worn on the back of any size
Food and drink of any kind (including water and baby bottles)
Umbrellas of any size
Wet items including wet coats
The Seattle Art Museum and the Asian Art Museum also have items available for loan from Coat Check. Visitors are welcome to borrow a wheelchair, stroller, baby front-carrier, and seeing aids from Coat Check when they provide a picture ID. All items borrowed from Coat Check are available on a first-come-first-served basis and Coat Check does not accept reservations. SAM also provides plastic bags for your valuables upon request.
Please note: In the unlikely event your items are lost, damaged, misplaced, or stolen, the Seattle Art Museum cannot be held responsible.
Are strollers permitted in the galleries?
Yes. Single occupant strollers are permitted in the galleries. Multiple occupant strollers may be checked in Coat Check before accessing the galleries. The Seattle Art Museum provides a limited number of single-occupant strollers and baby front-carriers available for loan on a first-come-first-served basis when visitors provide a picture ID. This is only available at our downtown location.