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Seattle Asian Art Museum

Seattle Asian Art Museum

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

COVID-19 Update

In accordance with the latest Public Health—Seattle & King County order, starting October 25, 2021, all visitors age 12 and older must show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test to enter the museum. Additionally, masks are required for all individuals over the age of two regardless of vaccination.

Fully vaccinated means:

  • An individual has received all of the required doses of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine (two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, or one does of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) or a WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series; and

  • 14 days have passed since the final dose

The following are acceptable as proof of full vaccination:

  • Vaccination card (including name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered)

  • A photo of the attendee's vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device

  • QR code or certificate from or other approved vaccination verification apps (CLEAR and COVID Proof)

  • Printed official immunization record from vaccine provider or (including photo or photocopy)

Accepted proof of negative test result:

  • Print or digital documentation of an FDA-approved PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours from a pharmacy, laboratory, or testing provider

It is difficult to predict what safety procedures may look like over the course of the coming months, but Seattle Art Museum is committed to the health and safety of our staff, visitors, and community. We will continue to follow guidelines issued by applicable federal, state, and local authorities. Safety protocols change and evolve rapidly. Join our email list to stay up-to-date or refer to What to Know When You Visit SAM for the for the latest information.

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.

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish, and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present and future. We also acknowledge the many urban Native Peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

Bing Map


​10 AM – 5 PM​​​​


Get tickets to visit today’s Seattle Asian Art Museum. Tickets are available online and onsite. Tickets will be released online on a monthly rolling basis.

TEENS (15–18) $9.99

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Free & Discounted Tickets

SAM wants everyone to experience the art in our galleries. Tickets to the Seattle Asian Art Museum are suggested admission. To purchase a pay-what-you-want ticket in advance of your visit, please contact the Customer Service Center. Find more ways to get discounts to SAM.


General Admission
& Special Exhibiton
Free to All



FRI DEC 24 2021
10 AM - 3 PM


Parking is free in Volunteer Park!


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


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.


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


See the SDOT interactive bike map for all levels of riders. Multiple bike racks are available in Volunteer Park.

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​​


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.​​​​​​


We are not currently offering in-person tours.


Smartphone tours are available on your own device for free at Select a thematic tour or look for the phone symbol/QR code next to selected artworks and enter the number to access multimedia content and interesting perspectives.

A low or no-vision version of the smartphone tour is available.


For audio-only, dial 206.866.3222.

Schoo​l Tours

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

Group Visits

We are not currently offering group visits.


Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For K–12 visits and school tours, please find more information here.


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 Seattle Asian Art Museum.

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Mandarin Chinese

  • Portuguese

  • Spanish


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


  • 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.


Email us or call 206.654.3112.


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

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Seattle 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 Seattle Asian Art Museum. Materials must be used in the library reading room. Open to the public by appointment, email us to schedule a visit.

Learn More​​​​

Visitor Policies

SAM Visitor COVID-19 Notice, Waiver, and Release

Seattle Art Museum (SAM) has implemented many measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19, however, we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your visit; an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. SAM visitors enter of their own will and at their own risk. By purchasing or reserving a ticket and visiting SAM, visitors accept such risk of exposure and knowingly waive and release Seattle Art Museum (and its trustees, officers, directors, employees and agents) from any and all liability, claims, demands, and causes of action whatsoever, including without limitation those caused by negligence, in any way related to COVID-19. This waiver and release is binding on visitors’ guardians, assigns, heirs, administrators, and executors, in perpetuity.

We ask for visitor cooperation to help protect the health and safety of our community. Visitors must comply with all safety protocols set forth in SAM’s Visitor Policies, the What to Know When You Visit SAM blog post and posted signage, as well as all instructions from SAM staff. SAM reserves the right to refuse admission to or eject any visitor failing to comply.

SAM may share your name and contact information with a governmental health authority should that information be requested for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes. By purchasing or reserving a ticket, visitors consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of their contact information for these purposes, and acknowledge that these procedures do not create any right to notification. If you would like to opt out, please send an email to

Visitors traveling to Seattle must comply with the Washington State COVID-19 Travel Advisory.


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 Seattle 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.


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. If using your phone to access the free smartphone tour, you must use headphones.


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.​​​​​​​

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

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