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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

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 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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10 AM – 5 PM
​10 AM – 5 PM​​​​


Purchase tickets in advance and save! Ticket prices increase $3 if you wait until the day of your visit to purchase. Plan ahead and purchase tickets online to get the best price! Tickets are released online the first Thursday of the month on a rolling basis.

Advance Day of
$12.99 $15.99
MILITARY (WITH ID) $12.99 $15.99
$9.99 $12.99
TEENS (15–19) $9.99 $12.99

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Free & Discounted Tickets

SAM wants everyone to experience the art in our galleries and we offer many ways to visit the museum for free or at a reduced rate. Learn more about discount programs available at SAM.



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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.​​​​​​


Upcoming public tours can be found on our calendar.


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 verbal description 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

SAM offers reduced admission rates to groups of 10 or more. Guided and self-guided visits are available at Seattle Asian Art Museum.

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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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Chen Community Meeting Room

The Seattle Asian Art Museum welcomes community members looking for an accessible and free meeting space. Available for noncommercial use only during regular operating hours, this private room seats up to 12 people. Access includes projector use. Refreshments can be arranged through Shooby Doo Catering; no outside food or beverage is permitted.

Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. A minimum of three weeks’ notice is required to book the room. SAM’s Venue Experiences team will follow up with you.

Noncommercial means that the meeting room is available to groups or individuals such as

  • Nonprofit organizations

  • Neighborhood groups or alliances

  • Study groups

  • School, teacher, or educator meetups

  • Charity or sports clubs

Questions? Contact

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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.

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Visitor Guidelines

Through art, SAM fosters creativity and builds community. We continually strive to create a safe and welcoming experience across our three locations—Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and Olympic Sculpture Park—so that all visitors are able to fully engage, learn, and be inspired by the art, programs, and events. Please take a moment to review these visitor guidelines to ensure the best experience for everyone while visiting the museum.


  • Have fun! Feel free to take your time to experience the museum’s art and spaces and enjoy your visit.

  • The museum welcomes young people and their parents and caregivers. Just remember: Young people 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

  • Service animals, defined as animals trained to do work, perform tasks, or provide medically necessary support for the benefit of an individual with a disability, are welcome in the museum. Pets are not permitted.

  • Breastfeeding is allowed throughout all three locations. Bottle-feeding is allowed in the Seattle Art Museum’s Brotman Forum downtown and the Knudsen Family Room on the third floor. At the Seattle Asian Art Museum, bottle-feeding is allowed in the Fuller Garden Court.

  • Strollers of all sizes are permitted in the galleries.

  • Bags, backpacks, and baby carriers smaller than 11"x15" may be carried by hand or worn on the front of the body in the galleries. Bags larger than 11"x15" must be left at the complimentary coat check at the Seattle Art Museum or in the self-serve lockers at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

  • Sketching and writing in the galleries is encouraged. Please use regular lead or colored pencils only; no pens, paints, or pastels are allowed in the galleries.

  • Photography is encouraged! Non-commercial photography and videography for personal use is welcome in the galleries unless otherwise indicated by a “No Photography” icon. To protect the art, no extension cords, tripods, “selfie sticks,” flashbulbs, or artificial lighting are allowed in the galleries.

  • Be mindful and considerate of the safety and experience of others. Keep doorways and hallways accessible to other visitors. No running, rough play, or disruptive behavior is allowed. Please keep voices low and silence or use headphones with cellphones while in the galleries; no incoming or outgoing calls are allowed.

  • Please be respectful and courteous of other visitors. Abusive, harassing, discriminatory, or threatening statements or behavior toward SAM staff or visitors will not be tolerated.

  • Please follow the instructions of the museum’s security officers. They are there to ensure the safety of all staff, volunteers, and visitors as well as to protect the artworks on display.


  • Regardless of licenses or permits, absolutely no weapons of any kind are allowed on museum property.

  • Please do not touch any of the artworks on display. Touching harms the art, so please stay at least 12 inches away from the surface of any object. Raised platforms, stanchion, or lines around certain objects are there as a guide.

  • No food or drink of any kind, including water bottles, is allowed in the galleries.

  • No smoking or vaping is allowed inside any museum property or within 25’ of any public entrance.

  • Please leave wet coats, jackets, and umbrellas in our complimentary coat check to ensure safety.

  • Shoes, tops, and bottoms must be worn while inside the Seattle Art Museum and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. No bathing suit attire is permitted at either location.

  • Visitors may not wear any masks, hoods, or full face paint which obscures the majority of the face or covers the head completely. Medical masks and religious coverings are allowed.

  • No lighter-than-air (helium) balloons of any kind are allowed at the Seattle Art Museum or Seattle Asian Art Museum.

  • No plant material such as flowers, branches, leaves, or other organic material is allowed in the galleries.

Health and Safety

  • Please visit at another time if you are feeling unwell, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are experiencing Flu, cold, or other respiratory infection symptoms.

  • An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public setting. Your health and safety are our priority, but SAM can’t guarantee you won’t be exposed to COVID-19 during your visit; by visiting SAM you accept this risk of exposure.

  • SAM is a mask-friendly institution. Visitors are encouraged to wear masks for their personal safety and comfort.

SAM reserves the right to refuse or revoke the admission of any visitor whose conduct violates these guidelines or otherwise jeopardizes the safety of our staff, visitors, or the art.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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Member and Visitor Policies

Please review our Member and Visitor Policies here.

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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