Seattle’s Asian Art Museum Finally Reopening In May

Emma Colosia Emma Colosia

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The Asian Art Museum will be open to the public on May 28th!

The wait is over. Four years after being “temporarily closed”, the Asian Art Museum will be opening its doors again on Friday, May 7 for SAM members and three weeks later for the general public.

After three years of remodeling, the museum opened for just a month last February before closing again in mid-March due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The inaugural exhibitions will remain on view:

Boundless: Stories of Asian Art

Galleries of artworks from ancient to contemporary, that tell the complex and fascinating story of Asia’s culture and society.

Be/longing: Contemporary Asian Art

This exhibit includes works by 12 renowned artists from across Asia. They explore the meaning of “belonging” through their artwork.


Just like most of the museums in the city, the SAM will be at limited capacity. Plan your visit, as tickets can only be bought online and will be released on a rolling basis every Thursday at 10 am. Free admission will continue to be offered on the last Friday of each month, starting on May 28th.

Sadly, not all of the areas of the SAM will be open yet. The Education Studio, Community Gallery, Chen Community Meeting Room, and the library will be closed until further notice. Shared materials from the galleries have been removed and interactive touchscreens disabled for visitor’s safety. Also, take into account masks will be required for staff and visitors over the age of two.

Where: 1400 East Prospect Street, located in Volunteer Park.

Hours: Friday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm (Open on Memorial Day)

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