If you are one of the lucky 10,000 people with tickets to the sold-out Free Reopening Weekend at the Asian Art Museum, here are some tips on what to expect during this two-day celebration of the reimagined and reinstalled museum. Unfortunately, there won’t be any standby tickets or a waitlist for the Housewarming on February 8 & 9, but general admission tickets to visit the Asian Art Museum after the reopening are available now, and clearly, it’s the place to be.
Where is the Asian Art Museum?
Volunteer Park: 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112
How do I get there?
With so many visitors, free parking will be limited. There will be a rideshare station at the front of the park and public transportation is a great way to arrive. Suggested Metro routes are on https://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/asian-art-museum#par
Do I need a ticket?
Yes! The event is free but timed tickets are required and sold out.
If you have a ticket, printing it at home is encouraged.
Will there be standby tickets?
Unfortunately not. 10,000 free tickets were snatched up in four weeks and only a certain number of people can fit in the building at the same time.
I didn’t get a ticket, how else can I visit?
Join SAM today and you will be invited to the Member Open House on February 5 & 6. A membership to SAM includes unlimited free admission to all SAM locations and exhibitions, discounts at the SAM Shop, TASTE Café, and on tickets to museum programming like Remix. You will also receive invitations to member-only events such as this preview of the Asian Art Museum and exhibition previews.
What will I see at the museum?
Explore the reinstallation of SAM’s collection in Boundless: Stories of Asian Art, and reflect on who we are and where we belong, in the exhibition, Be/longing: Contemporary Asian Art. Programming is scheduled continuously throughout both days, so no matter when you visit, there will be plenty going on!
• Spotlight tours led by SAM docents held on the hour throughout select galleries.
• Art making for all ages throughout the day in the new Education Studio with local contemporary artists such as Ling Chun and Juliana Kang Robinson.
• Films and overviews in the updated Stimson Auditorium curated by our partners at Northwest Film Forum, Seattle Asian American Film Festival and Tasveer.
When should I arrive?
Arrive as close to the time on your ticket as possible and find the line for your time outside of the museum. Dress warmly and be prepared to queue outside until your entry time.
It’s a housewarming, what can I bring?
All you need is yourself! There is limited space in the coat check so pack light. Self-serve stroller parking will be available outside.
Will there be food?
We have partnered with a host of food trucks that will be stationed in the Volunteer Park parking lot, in front of the Museum. Grab a bite outdoors before or after visiting the museum.
Is the Asian Art Museum ADA accessible?
The Asian Art Museum is fully-ADA accessible. Learn more on our website at visitsam.org/faq
How do I housewarm well?
The Housewarming is an inclusive program that highlights the renovation and reimagining of the Asian Art Museum, celebrating creativity across Asian cultures and Asian Pacific Islander communities. Help our newly renovated museum feel like a home by:
• Protecting the art (no touching!).
• Supporting and encouraging participating artists.
• Respecting other visitors and SAM staff.
• Appreciate, don’t appropriate, the diverse cultures in attendance and on view.
What if I can’t make any of the reopening events?
Our home is always open. Visit the Asian Art Museum for free during first and second Thursdays and on first Saturdays. Admission for seniors is free for seniors on the First Friday of every month. Tickets are always suggested admission!
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Seniors: 65+ $12.99
Military with ID: $12.99
Students & Teens 15-18: $9.99
FREE: SAM Members Children 14 and under