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Seattle Asian Art Museum
Reopening Feb 8 2020!

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Seattle Asian Art Museum

Asian Art Museum

Volunteer Park
1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112
206.654.3210 & TTY 206.344.5267


This 1933 Art Deco building in lush Volunteer Park is SAM’s original home and the location of our extensive Asian art collection, making it one of the most beloved treasures in our creative, cultured, and curious city.

The Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people.

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HOURS

MONDAY
CLOSED
TUESDAY
CLOSED
WEDNESDAY 10 AM – 5 PM
THURSDAY 10 AM – 9 PM
FRIDAY 10 AM – 5 PM
SATURDAY ​9 AM – 5 PM​​​​
SUNDAY
​10 AM – 5 PM​​​​

Tickets

Tickets include access to all exhibitions. Tickets purchased onsite are suggested admission.

Adults $14.99
Seniors (65+)
$12.99
Military (With ID) $12.99
Students (With ID) $9.99
Teens (15–18)
$9.99
Children 14 & Under
FREE
SAM Members
FREE

FREE DAYS

FIRST AND SECOND THURSDAYS FREE TO ALL
FIRST FRIDAY FREE TO SENIORS
FIRST SATURDAYS
FREE TO ALL

SAM wants everyone to experience the art in our galleries and we have many opportunities for discounts and free days. Find more ways to get discounts to SAM.

Holidays

Open

Mon Feb 17 2020
Presidents Day

Mon May 25 2020
Memorial Day

Mon Sep 7 2020
Labor Day

Parking

Parking is free in Volunteer Park!

Directions

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

BY CAR

Heading north: Take I-5 North to Olive Way (exit 166). Head east up the hill and 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 in Volunteer Park.

HOTELS

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

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​​

Shop

Visit the charming store at the main entrance of the museum for a wide variety of Asian merchandise and numerous books about Asian art and culture. SAM members receive a 10% discount at all SAM Shop locations. Contact us at 206.654.3160.​​​​​​

Tours

Tour times and topics vary throughout the year. Tours are FREE with museum admission.

Asian Art Museum: Boldly Reimagined

SAM’s Asian art collection will be presented in a radically different way when the Asian Art Museum reopens. Visitors will no longer find art grouped by nation. Instead, they will encounter intersecting themes that are essential to many of Asia’s cultures—themes explored through objects in the museum’s renowned Asian art collection.

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. Private tours are also available upon request. For more information, email us or call 206.654.3120.

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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. Groups pay a flat-rate tour fee in addition to discounted admission. Three weeks' advanced notice is required to request a private tour, and three business days for self-guided tours. Each private tour can accommodate up to 30 people.

Based on the availability of our multilingual guides, visitors can select a private tour in the following languages at the Asian Art Museum.

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Mandarin Chinese

  • Portuguese

  • Spanish

DISCOUNTED GROUP TICKET RATES

Adults $12
Seniors (65+)
$10
Military (With ID) $10
Students (With ID) $8
Teens (15–18)
$8
Children 14 & Under
FREE
SAM Members
FREE
SUBMIT A REQUEST

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 A VENUE EXPERIENCE

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

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ACCESSIBILITY

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.

GALLERY STOOL LOAN

Limited seating is provided throughout the Asian Art Museum’s facilities and portable, folding, gallery stools are available to ensure seating is available. ID must be left at the Admissions Desk for the gallery stool loan which are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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. Private tours are also available upon request. Find out more about upcoming tours or email us or call 206.654.3120 for more information.

Upcoming Art Beyond Sight Tours

 

 

AUDIO GUIDE FOR LOW/NO VISION VISITORS

Extended visual descriptions of selected artworks are available for free on your mobile phone. Please contact the Ticketing Desk for more information.

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 206.654.3133 (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 Library

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. Open to the public by appointment, email us to schedule a visit.

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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.

PHOTOGRAPHY​

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/works include this notice, which means that photography is not allowed. Please note that photography is allowed only for personal, noncommercial use, with the following restrictions:

  • No tripods or selfie sticks

  • No f​lash 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. If you use your phone as a camera please turn off any shutter sounds or flash

SKETCHING IN THE GALLERIES

Sketching with pencil 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.​​​​​​​


The Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people.