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Be a part of the renovation and proposed expansion of the Asian Art Museum.

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Asian Art Museum

Volunteer Park
1400 East Prospect Street Seattle, WA 98112
206.654.3100 & TTY 206.344.5267
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FRIDAY – SUNDAY ​10 AM – 5 PM​​​​


Suggested admission prices below include access to all collections, installations, and special exhibitions.

Adults $9​​
Seniors (62+) $6
Military (With ID) $6 / Free  May 30 – SEP 5
Students​ (With ID) $5
Teens (13 – 19) $5
Children 12 & Under FREE
SAM Members FREE​


First Thursdays Free to all
First Fridays FREE To Seniors (62+)
First Saturdays Free To Families
Second Thursdays Free 5 – 9 pm

In connection with Capitol Hill Arts Walk​​​​​​​​​​​​


Parking is free in Volunteer Park!


The park entrance is at 14th Ave E and E Prospect St.

View the Asian Art Museum in relation to the Seattle Art Museum and Olympic Sculpture Park on this map.​

By Car

Heading north​: Take I-5 North to Olive Way (exit #166). Follow up hill (east). Turn left on 15th Ave E. Turn left on E Prospect St. 

Heading south​: Take I-5 South to Boylston Ave (exit #168A). Turn left over freeway on Roanoke. Turn right on 10th Ave E. Turn left on E Prospect St. 

By Public Transit

Visit the Metro website for a complete guide to Seattle's transit system and a map of nearby bus stops.

By Bike

See the SDOT interactive bike map for all levels of riders. Multiple bike racks are available on-street.


Planning a visit to Seattle? Take advantage of special offers from our hotel partners.​​​

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Gardner Center

Public programs offered by the Gardner Center aim to present a holistic view of Asia. Through a mix of dynamic talks and author events, we engage visitors through diverse perspectives on Asia’s many cultural traditions and contemporary issues. The Gardner Center also shares a range of artistic expression through performances, films, and events with visual artists. The popular Saturday University Lecture Series features outstanding international and local speakers who pursue varied forms of inquiry into Asia, past and present.​​​​​​

Gardner Center​​

SAM Shop

This charming store has a wide variety of Asian merchandise and numerous books about Asian art and culture. Visit the SAM Shop at the main entrance of the Asian Art Museum during museum hours.

SAM members receive a 10% discount at all SAM Shop locations. Contact us at 206.654.3160​.

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Public Tours

Tour times and topics vary throughout the year. Tours are FR​EE with museum admission. ​

Arts of Asia
Explore the diverse collections of the Asian Art Museum that cross time and place. This tour will focus on highlights from both the museum’s collection and the special exhibitions on view.​​​​

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Schoo​l Tours

​​​Are you an educator? You can find school tour informat​ion here.​​​​

Group Visits

Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more. 

For K–12 visits and school tours, please find more information here.​

Private Tours

Enhance your group’s visit with a one-hour private tour, led by a knowledgeable guide who can provide an insider’s view of the museum. Tours may be customized to focus on a specific exhibition or highlight of the collection at any of our three sites. Groups pay a flat-rate tour fee in addition to discounted admission. Three weeks' advanced notice is required to reserv​e a private tour and three business days for self-guided tours. Each private tour can accommodate up to 30 people.

Discounted Group Ticket Rates

Adults $7 (reg. $9​​)
Seniors (62+) $4 (reg. $5)
Students (with id) $4 (reg. $5)
Members and children (12 & under) Always FREE

Cancellation Policy

  • The final guest count and payment are due 10 days prior to your reservation.

  • Please note that after that time, no changes or refunds can be processed.

  • You will be charged for at least 10 people in order to meet the discounted group rate.

  • For docent-led tours, a nonrefundable fee equal to the cost of the tour will be collected at the time of the initial reservation in order to secure a docent.​​

Questions about group visits?

Email​ us or call 206.654.3112.​​​​​​​​​

Plan an Event

The Asian Art Museum is housed in a historic Art Deco building located in a treasured neighborhood park, making it a top spot for weddings and other private events. Take advantage of free parking, the Seattle skyline view, and a renowned collection of Asian art.​​


The Asian Art Museum strives to be accessible for all visitors and provides a variety of support services to assist with your visit.

For more information about accessibility, please email us or call 206.654.3210.

Wheelchair-Accessible Parking

Disabled parking spots are clearly marked in the parking lot in front of the Asian Art Museum.

Wheelchair Loan

The Asian Art Museum's facilities are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available through the Asian Art Museum Shop or security. Identification must be left at security for wheelchair loan. Wheelchairs are on a first-come, first-served basis, and the number of wheelchairs is limited.

Art Beyond Sight Tours

The Art Beyond Sight program provides regular tours of the museum’s collection to visitors with low or no vision. Tours are held at all three SAM locations and are free with advance registration through our calendar. Private tours are also available upon request. For more information, email us or call 206.654.3123.

Upcoming Art Beyond Sight Tours​​ Mar 18 2017Art Beyond Sight Tour: Seeing Nature Apr 19 2017Art Beyond Sight Tour: Seeing Nature May 20 2017Art Beyond Sight Tour: Native Art and Life Along the Northwest Coast Jun 21 2017Art Beyond Sight Tour: Olympic Sculpture Park

SIGN LANGUAGE for Public Tours

Sign language is available for all public tours upon request with four weeks' ​notice. Please email us, call 206.654.3137 (TTY) or 206.654.3123 (voice) for more information.

TTY Telephones

The museum has a TTY (Text Telephone) for incoming calls. The TTY number is 206.344.5267.

Emma Baillargeon Stimson Auditorium

Wheelchair seating is available.​​​​​​​

Asian Art Museum Libraries

The McCaw Foundation Library is a research library that supports study on Asian objects in SAM’s collection and on objects and themes associated with exhibitions at the Asian Art Museum. Materials must be used in the library reading room.

The Ann P. Wyckoff Teacher Resource Center (TRC) is a FREE lending library for educators, offering more than 4,000 art- and culture-related educational resources.


thu – Fri 2 pm – 5 pm
sat 10 am – 5 pm​
sat summer hours (Jun 11 – Sep 3)
10 am – 2 pm​​​​​

The McCaw Library and the TRC will be closed during the Asian Art Museum renovation beginning Spring 2017.

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Visitor Policies

​Lost and Found

Do you think you may have lost something​? Report your lost article using this form and we will let you know if it turns up.


The Asian Art Museum allows photography in most areas. Feel free to photograph friends and family and your favorite works of art, but please do not photograph any work with this symbol:

A select number of galleries include this notice, which means that photography is not allowed in those galleries. Please note that photography is allowed only for personal, noncommercial use, with the following restrictions:

  • No tripods or "selfie sticks"

  • No flash photography

  • No movie or video cameras

For press and other special photography, including filming and video projects, please contact SAM Public Relations. For images of works of art owned by SAM, please see Image Rights.

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.

Cell Phones

We ask that you silence your cell phone while in the galleries or turn it off before you check your belongings at the coat check. Cell phones may be used at the Olympic Sculpture Park, in the Asian Art Museum's Fuller Garden Court, and in the Seattle Art Museum's Brotman Forum and the South Hall.

Sketching in the Galleries

Sketching with pencil, pastel,​ and charcoal is permitted in all galleries of the museum devoted to SAM's collection. The use of ink, fountain pens, or watercolors is prohibited.​​

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Find answers to our most frequently asked questions.

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