The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is one museum with three locations: the Seattle Art Museum in downtown, the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, and the Olympic Sculpture Park on the downtown waterfront.
Seattle Art Museum: In the heart of downtown Seattle, light-filled galleries invite you to wander through our collections, temporary installations, and special exhibitions from around the world. Our collections include Asian, African, American, Ancient Mediterranean, Islamic, European, Oceanic, Australian Aboriginal, modern and contemporary art, and decorative arts. Visitors especially enjoy our remarkable Native American galleries, the Porcelain Room, and our exceptional galleries devoted to Australian Aboriginal art, the first in the US.
SAM’s downtown location is reopening with limited capacity to members on February 27, 2021, and to the public on March 5, 2021. Tickets will be released on a rolling basis weekly and everyone must get tickets online in advance of their visit.
Asian Art Museum: The Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park opened as the original museum facility in 1933. In 1994, after a new museum building opened in downtown Seattle, the site reopened as the museum’s center for Asian art and cultural activities, exhibiting art from China, Korea, Japan, India, Himalayas, and Southeast Asia, including contemporary Asian art. In 2017, the museum closed for its first-ever major renovation and expansion; the reimagined and reinstalled museum reopened in February 2020. The museum’s holdings rank in the top 10 outside of Asia, and its Japanese collection is one of the top five in the United States.
The Asian Art Museum remains closed until further notice. We will announce our reopening plans for this location in the weeks ahead.
Olympic Sculpture Park: The Olympic Sculpture Park, which opened in 2007, transformed downtown Seattle’s largest undeveloped waterfront property from a former industrial site into an open and vibrant green space for art. As the Seattle Art Museum’s third venue, this park gives Seattle residents and visitors the opportunity to experience a variety of sculpture in an outdoor setting, while enjoying the incredible views and beauty of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. The Olympic Sculpture Park celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017.
Opens 30 minutes prior to sunrise
Closes 30 minutes after sunset
The PACCAR Pavilion at the Olympic Sculpture Park remains closed until further notice. The park remains open. When the park is open, we ask that visitors keep moving through the park and closely follow social distancing guidelines, staying six feet away from other park visitors. We encourage park visitors to wear masks.