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We love our members so much! You're our community, our biggest fans, and our greatest advocates. And we couldn’t exist without you.


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  2. Choose a membership level​

  3. Select Join, Renew or Gift

Or purchase a membership by calling us at 206.654.3210, or visit in person at the Ticketing Desk or SAM Shop.

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Member Benefits

As a member, you receive many benefits, including unlimited free admission to all SAM locations. We also offer exclusive member-only events: sneak peeks at special exhibitions and opening night receptions; discounted or free admission for guests on every visit, access to our beloved members lecture series with SAM curators, Conversations with Curators; and more.

Benefits include:

  • Personalized digital membership card granting unlimited free admission for a full year to Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and Olympic Sculpture Park

  • Unlimited free admission to special exhibitions

  • 40% off museum admission for your guests on every visit, available onsite only

  • 10% discount at SAM Shops, and MARKET Seattle

  • Invitations to member-only special exhibitions previews and viewings

  • Subscriptions to our SAM print magazine and email newsletter​

  • Discounts on SAM Remix, lectures, and other museum programs

  • Art rental privileges at SAM Gallery​​

​​​​Member Levels

Discounted Memberships



Pays for itself in LESS THAN three visits

  • All membership benefits for one person

Full amount is tax-deductible.

Join​  Renew  Gift




Pays for itself in LESS THAN two visits

  • All membership benefits for two people

  • Two personalized digital membership cards

Full amount is tax-deductible.

Join  Renew  Gift


Pays for itself in LESS THAN THREE visits

  • All membership benefits for two adults and children 19 and under in the household

  • Invitations to and discounts on family programming, including family workshops and SAM Camp

Full amount is tax-deductible.​​

Join  Renew  Gift




All Family-level benefits, plus:

  • Unlimited free admission for two members and two guests on each visit

  • Invitations to Premier member-only receptions for special exhibitions

  • Reciprocal admission and store discounts at 30 museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Portland Art Museum

  • Four one-time use guest passes to share with friends and family, good for free admission 

$52 is not tax-deductible.​​

Join  Renew  Gift




All Patron-level benefits, plus:

  • Invitations to curator-led tours of SAM’s collections

  • One exhibition catalogue annually

  • Two additional onetime-use guest passes to share with family and friends

$87 is not tax-deductible.​​

Join  Renew




All Friend-level benefits, plus:

  • Invitation to one special exhibition VIP opening celebration

  • Special perks at Premier Member Receptions

$127 is not tax-deductible.​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Join  Renew

Contributors Circles

Supporters who give an annual membership gift of $1,500 or above are members of our Contributors Circles Membership Program. In recognition of this generous philanthropic commitment, we offer intimate and exclusive behind-the-scenes benefits and personalized service. More information about these benefits is available below, or you can contact the Contributors Circles office at 206.654.3222.


Ambassador Circle

All Fellow-level benefits, plus:

  • Special Exhibition Opening Celebrations
    Receive invitations for you and a guest to attend the exclusive VIP opening celebrations of SAM’s special exhibitions.

  • Curator-Led Tours
    Join us for private behind-the-scenes tours of special exhibitions and the SAM collection with SAM’s curators and other experts.

  • Art Outdoors
    Receive an invitation for you and your family to attend a special gathering at the Olympic Sculpture Park.

  • Guest Passes 
    Receive ten guest passes for friends and family .

  • Recognition 
    Receive recognition on the Donor Wall and in Contributors Circles publications.

$300 is not tax-deductible.

Join  Renew 


All Ambassador Circle benefits , plus:

Ambassador Circle
  • Collectors Evening 
    Enjoy a lively discussion on current issues in collecting. Meet and learn from collectors, gallerists, and experts.

  • Additional Exhibition Catalogue
    Receive an additional complimentary exhibition catalogue of your choice.

  • Patron-level Gift Membership
    Receive a complimentary Patron membership to share with a friend or family member ($250 value).

  • Regional Excursion
    Explore the regional arts scene with an annual excursion, where you will be joined by a SAM Curator or Director.

  • Complimentary Parking
    Receive complimentary parking for two visits to the Seattle Art Museum.

$472 is not tax-deductible.

Join  Renew 



Curator Circle

All Steward Circle benefits, plus:

  • Collection Celebration  
    Deepen your connection to SAM’s vast collection with an evening celebrating recent art acquisitions and new perspectives on our current collection.

  • SAM Salon
    Experience an intimate gathering at a private home, gallery, or studio featuring special guests, including artists and collectors.

$582 is not tax-deductible.

Join  Renew 



Benefactor Circle

All Curator Circle benefits, plus:

  • SAM Travel*
    Exclusive invitation to join SAM on an annual trip led by the museum's director or curators.

  • Private Museum Tour 
    Introduce your family and guests to the museum with a tour at the SAM venue of your choice.

  • Additional Patron Gift Membership
    Receive an additional complimentary Patron membership to share with a friend or family member ($250 value).

*Members at SAM's $10,000 Benefactor level and above are eligible to receive an invitation to join our highly curated trips that include special access to museums, artist studios, and private collections. All interested travelers will be placed on a waiting list and prioritized based on annual support, long-term commitment to the museum, participation in fundraising campaigns, and service to the museum.

$634 is not tax-deductible.

Join  Renew



Additional membership levels are available above the $10,000 Benefactor Circle level and offer unique, personalized events for SAM’s most generous supporters. For questions and more information, please contact the Contributors Circles office at 206.654.3222 or email us.

Discounted Memberships

In order to join at a discounted level of membership, you must either visit us at the Seattle Art Museum or the Seattle Asian Art Museum, or call​​ the Customer Service Center at 206.654.3210.



Available to full-time students with current student ID. ID required for museum admission. All member communication will be sent via email only. Email address is required.

  • All Individual-level benefits (discounted admission for guests is not available at this membership level)

  • Valid for one person only

Full amount is tax-deductible.

Student membership levels are only available onsite or by calling the Customer Service Center at 206.654.3210.



Available to seniors 65 or over. Proof of age required for museum admission.

  • All Individual-level benefits

  • Valid for one person only

Full amount is tax-deductible.


Dual Senior

Dual Senior

Available for two named seniors who are both 65 and over. Proof of age required for museum admission.

  • All Dual-level benefits 

  • Both membership cards must be assigned to specific individuals who are 65 or over

Full amount is tax-deductible.



SAM also offers membership discounts to educators, SAM volunteers, employees of SAM corporate members, University of Washington Alumni Association members, Washington State University Alumni Association members, and other groups. To apply one of these discounts, please speak with a representative at the Ticketing Desk or call the Customer Service Center at 206.654.3210​.

Discounts cannot be applied to already discounted membership levels. Only one discount can be applied per membership. To take advantage of one of these offers, membership must be purchased onsite at a SAM location ticketing desk or over the phone at 206.654.3210.

Educator Discount
15% off membership at the Individual through Family levels. Proof of current employment as an educator required.

SAM Volunteer Discount
15% off membership at the Individual through Family levels. Proof of active volunteer status required.

SAM Corporate Member Employee Discount
15% off new memberships at the Individual through Patron levels for employees of our corporate partners. Proof of employment required.

UW Alumni Association Discount 
15% off new memberships at the Individual through Patron levels. Current alumni ID card required.​​​

WSU​ Alumni Association Discount 
15% off new memberships at the Individual through Patron levels. Current alumni ID card required.​​​​​​

WWU​ Alumni Association Discount
15% off new memberships at the Individual through Patron levels. Current alumni ID card required.​​​

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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