The Asian Art Museum is one of the popular art options among the Seattle museums. A trip to Seattle will be full of sightseeing, especially if the rain is falling, so if you’re looking for a way to spend a rainy day, this museum is a great choice. The Seattle Asian Art Museum, also known as SAAM, is located in Volunteer Park, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood east of Lake Union, which means you’re also close to a great number of interesting restaurants.
At this art museum in Seattle, visitors will learn about the diverse cultures in the Asian Continent, including Korea, Japan, and China. Besides wandering through the exhibitions, your visit to the museum can be even more educational by joining in on one of the free public tours. With the price of admission you can join a tour and learn details about the art, artists, and diverse cultures.
The Asian Art Museum is closed Monday and Tuesday, but open the rest of the week. While it normally closes at 5 pm, on Thursdays it stays open until 9 pm. Tickets are free for children under 12. Beyond the permanent collection, this art museum in Seattle also shows temporary rotating exhibitions spotlighting a wide range of topics; past collections have covered contemporary Chinese paintings and common motifs in Asian art.
If you’re traveling on a budget, there are also days when access to this museum is free. On the first Thursday of every month, the museum is free and open to the public. This also coincides with the day that the museum stays open until 9 pm. If you’re traveling as a family, the museum is also free on the first Saturday of the month. Other great museums in Seattle to check out include the Frye Art Museum and the Henry Art Gallery, as well as the main Seattle Art Museum located downtown.
Image: Seattle Asian Art Museum - Michael Burns