About The Project
Seattle Asian Art Museum Renovation & Expansion
Our renovation plan restores our original home, including its historic façade and the preservation of classic Art Deco design elements throughout the building. Significant architectural and structural upgrades will protect this beloved landmark and safeguard our world-renowned Asian art collection.
Upgrades will include
- a much-needed replacement of a 1930s heating system;
- the addition of a cooling system and humidity controls;
- critically needed seismic upgrades;
- an improved loading dock; and
- a new art freight elevator.
A modest addition will also create a new gallery and more space for our community to gather around art and culture, enjoy public programs, and host events. It will also improve circulation to the meeting rooms, education spaces, library, and auditorium.Learn More about the Project
Restore the Heart of SAM
$54 Million Goal
Help the Asian Art Museum become a modern museum in a historic building. Your support will help protect our cherished and important collection and make this significant renovation and expansion possible.
Share your memories!
For generations, children and adults have climbed atop the famed camels flanking the front door of the Seattle Asian Art Museum before entering the building to experience art and culture from around the globe. Now you can share your pictures and memories with SAM and the community! Submit photos of you and your loved ones posing with the camels and tell us your story.Share Now
Protect our Collection
From grand, ancient Buddha sculptures to our iconic early 17th-century Japanese Crows screens to contemporary work such as Colored Vases by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, our collection has been imaginatively curated and expanded for 80 years. Chinese and Japanese art are the largest areas of our collection, while our holdings of artworks from Korea, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, and the Middle East are growing, we are also actively collecting contemporary Asian art.
While the Asian Art Museum is closed, enjoy Asian art downtown at the Seattle Art Museum. Pure Amusements: Wealth, Leisure, and Culture in Late Imperial China and Talents and Beauties: Art of Women in Japan are on view now. Look below to learn more about the works in our cherished collection.
Catalog of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy
Explore SAM’s collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy, including essays, transcriptions, deep zoom detail, and more.
Sam Yellin’s Pair of Gates in the Fuller Garden Court
Artist Sam Vernon discusses her affinity for the timeless Art Deco architecture at the Asian Art Museum and its influence in her work.
Japanese Crow Screens and Pair of Cabinets
Artist-curator Tabaimo speaks on the objects from SAM’s Asian art collection, which inspired works within her exhibition Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi, on view at the Asian Art Museum in 2016–17.
Artist Jung Yeondoo discusses his attraction to the Indo-Persian artwork at the Asian Art Museum.
- Feb 7 2019
Public Notice: Regarding the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Section 106 Review of Renovation and Expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded The Seattle Art Museum a grant ...
- Feb 2 2019
One of the elements of the Seattle Asian Art Museum renovation and expansion is the creati ...
- Dec 21 2018
Rain or shine, work continues on the Seattle Asian Art Museum renovation and expansion pro ...
- Nov 10 2018
One component of the Seattle Asian Art Museum renovation project is upgrades to pedestrian ...