SAM staff celebrate the new Seattle Asian Art Museum. Photo by Natali Wiseman.

On February 8, we celebrate the reopening of our Seattle Asian Art Museum, SAM’s original home. The restoration of the historic Art Deco building, expanded gallery and education spaces, and a new park lobby connecting the museum to the surrounding Volunteer Park are just some of the ways the Asian Art Museum has been preserved and transformed as a cultural and community resource for future generations.

Renovating and expanding a historic building takes the support of hundreds of generous individuals, foundations, and agencies. This project is made possible thanks to the dedication and contribution of our remarkable supporters and the City of Seattle.

Because of your support, our renovated Asian Art Museum is truly inspired, showcasing new narratives and shifting definitions of Asia’s importance in the 21st century. We also are better prepared to preserve the stories told through these artworks with our new Asian Paintings Conservation Center, the first resource in the western United States devoted to the conservation, mounting and study of Asian Paintings.

More than ever, the museum can prioritize our commitment to education. We can better serve and accommodate student groups, family audiences, and community interests in the building’s new programming and education spaces. To make sure all can visit, we offer free days throughout the month as well as other discounted opportunities.

Sammy the Camel outside the Asian Art Museum. Photo by Natali Wiseman.

The Asian Art Museum reopening celebration will spread throughout the city. The Hong Kong Business of Association of Washington (HKBAW) will be hosting their annual Chinese New Year Gala on February 8 at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. We are deeply grateful to the HKBAW for selecting the Asian Art Museum as the gala beneficiary as well as honoring Director Emerita of the Seattle Art Museum, Mimi Gardner Gates, for her philanthropic work. Tickets are still available to this year’s gala. Please visit

And you can still be a part of our legacy! Engrave a name of your choosing on the pedestals of the Asian Art Museum’s iconic camel sculptures. Pledge your support today and make monthly or quarterly payments over 12 months. You can also choose to contribute a one-time $1,000 gift. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the museum’s future.

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