We love BAM for their remarkable building, designed by award-winning architect and Northwest native Steven Hull. BAM's always thought-provoking craft and design exhibits compel us to visit regularly.
Think again if you believe all they do with money in Bellevue is earn it and spend it. BAM's current "Love Me Tender" exhibit of amazingly creative artworks made from coins and currency will make you reflect on how we spend and what we value (through May 26.)
Italian design, whether in architecture, automobiles, fashion or typewriters, has long been revered as trendsetting and stylish. BAM's "Zoom" exhibit (on through June 16), displays, in photographs and artifacts, the memorable and the whimsical in 20th Century Italian design.
Whether or not you are a lover of cats or Japanese cat iconography, you will find BAM's exhibit of 150 "maneki neko" good luck cats delightful (through Aug. 4.)
Parking is easily available under the museum or in the surfeit of adjacent shopping malls. Take advantage of free admission and family activities on the First Friday of each month (open until 8 pm.)