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Seattle Asian Art Museum

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Neighborhood: Broadway / Capitol Hill
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Address: Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112
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+1 206-654-3100
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from...

The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from Chinese vases to Japenese Buddhist art.

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Beautiful Art Deco Style Building But Wishing for More

We loved the setting and the beauty of the art deco style building. Inside, the traditional Asian exhibits were very lovely, however we just wished there were more. The "new... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kirkland, Washington
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New England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There is a strong Chinese collection here, housed in a beautiful building (that apparently needs expensive renovations). There are also Kmer statues and currently modern video installations. February is a wonderful months to visit because hotels can provide guests with a half-price card good at most local museums. SAM is located is a very peaceful park setting and a good... More 

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Kirkland, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the setting and the beauty of the art deco style building. Inside, the traditional Asian exhibits were very lovely, however we just wished there were more. The "new video" exhibits we did not personally care for, but I'm sure others appreciate the more modern ones. Would love to go back when new exhibits arrive.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The SAAM is worth a visit, especially on a nice day: you can wander around both in the museum and through the adjoining gardens. There are usually interesting exhibits as well. The museum is serene and a good place for reflection and quiet learning.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

The serene and intelligent Asian Art Museum is a respite from noise. It is full of lovely things, elegantly displayed and the location in Volunteer Park is sublime.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

This is a small museum- and about half was taken by a very good exhibit which is no longer there. Considering the size of Seattle and and it’s lagre Asian population, I expected the permanent exhibit to be better, both in terms of variety and quality, None-the-less, I would recommend checking it out, especially if they have an interesting special... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Really pleasant, quiet, uncrowded and full of a variety of Asian art and artifacts.Was original home of Seattle Art Museum, and is set in a most pleasant large urban park with a grand view of the Puget Sound. In the summer plan on going in the late afternoon and then attending Shakespeare-in-the-Park in the evening (bring your own low folding... More 

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Herzlia, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

The Seattle Asian Art Museum is located in the Volunteer Park, in a beautiful location. The museum itself has about ten rooms, half of them were dedicated to a special exhibition (Indigo Mood - about the use of indigo in textile arts all over the world) and half to Asian art. The special exhibition was well curated and explained (mostly)... More 

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washington dc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

Being from DC we know museums and are huge Asian Art fans and we absolutely loved this museum. We went on Capital Hill Art Walk night and it was free from 5-9, which was an unexpected bonus. We were impressed with the textile exhibit (which closed) and the rest of the permanent exhibits. Plus the view from the museum and... More 

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Edmonds, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

This museum has it all a great collection of Asian art, location & View as well as a great building and as well as good parking and great exhibits ,talks and more.

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Warren, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

Lovely small museum with an exceptional exhibit on indigo. Certainly well worth a visit if you appreciate Asian art.

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