Asian Art Museum
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About the Asian Art Museum
The elegant Art Deco building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle opened in 1933 as the original home of the Seattle Art Museum. The building became the domain of Asian Art in 1994 when SAM opened a new museum downtown.
This Art Moderne landmark was built by the Paris-trained architect Carl F. Gould and holds the personal collection from the late Dr. Richard E. Fuller, the founder of the museum. The museum offers a rich dive into some of SAM's renowned traditional masterpieces along with contemporary Asian art.
One Museum, 3 Locations
Did You Know?
– SAM’s first “blockbuster” was the 1940 exhibition of Japanese works from the collection of Manson F. Backus, which drew an astounding 73,000 visitors.
– Within the first six months of opening to the public in 1933, 300,000 people visited the museum.
Art Deco Building
Architect Carl F. Gould (1873-1939) was one of the major shapers of modern Seattle. In the early part of the century he was responsible for some of the city's most distinguished homes and public buildings.
He and his partner Charles Herbert Bebb developed the University of Washington campus plan. They designed and executed many of its finest buildings, including the renowned Suzzallo Library and the Henry Art Gallery.
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This video captures some of the exciting experiences that you'll find in SAM's three locations.
What Else is There?
– The Victorian-style Volunteer Park Conservatory greenhouse, across from the museum, has a magnificent collection of tropical pants.
– A focal point of the park, at the western edge of the hill in front of the Asian Art Museum, is the Isamu Noguchi's sculpture, Black Sun, a natural frame, a natural frame from which to view the Space Needle, the Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains.