Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum

The downtown Seattle Art Museum offers an outstanding permanent collection and notable special exhibits.

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Visit SAM to see a museum carved into the city. Our three dynamic locations celebrate the region's position as a crossroads, where east meets west, urban meets natural, local meets global. Our collections, special exhibitions, and programs feature art from around the world and build bridges between cultures and centuries. SAM is Seattle, here to serve its cultural life and as much a part of its personality as the coffee, rain, mountains, Pike Place Market, and the Space Needle.

Come to SAM—discover something new.

Did You Know?

– The museum opened in 1933 and moved to its current downtown Seattle location in 1991.
– The SAM collection has grown from 1,926 pieces when it opened to approximately 23,000 artworks.

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One great museum, three awesome locations: Seattle Art Museum, Asian Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park

One great museum, three awesome locations: Seattle Art Museum, Asian Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park

SAM's docents volunteer their time, energy, and expertise to help make the museum a welcoming place for all to learn about art.

SAM's docents volunteer their time, energy, and expertise to help make the museum a welcoming place for all to learn about art.

The Annual Fund helps make SAM a vibrant cultural center for the region.

The Annual Fund helps make SAM a vibrant cultural center for the region.

Location

1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

Mirror, Mirror

MIRROR, a permanent art installation for the façade of SAM by artist Doug Aitken has become a new landmark in downtown Seattle. Los Angeles-based artist Doug Aitken employed the architecture of SAM’s building to reflect the energy and movement of the city.

Next time you’re passing by the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle at the corner of First Avenue and Union Street, look up. MIRROR is a kind of living kaleidoscope that consists of a monumental LED display that wraps around the northwest corner of the museum’s building. It is one work of art you don’t have to pay admission to see!