The Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) is a museum of Asian art located in Volunteer Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Part of the Seattle Art Museum, the SAAM occupies the 1933 Art Deco building which was originally home to the Seattle Art Museum's main collection. In 1991 the main collection moved to its current location in downtown Seattle. The building in Volunteer Park remained closed until 1994 when it reopened as the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Admission is free on the first Thursday and the first Saturday of every month to all visitors.
The Seattle Asian Art Museum is housed in a historic Art Deco building designed in 1933 by Carl F. Gould of the architectural firm Bebb and Gould. After the main collection moved to a new museum in downtown Seattle in 1991, the building was renovated at a cost of $5.2 million and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
Richard E. Fuller, a collector of Asian art was invested in getting the Seattle Art Museum off the ground. He commissioned the building where the Asian Art Museum is located today and lent pieces of his own collection to the museum. When the museum moved to its present building, The SAM announced in 1993 that it would open an Asian art museum at its former location in Volunteer Park.
From 2017-2019, The museum was undergoing major renovations which include the preservation of the museum's historic Art Deco facade, infrastructure improvements, climate control, and seismic system upgrades, as well as the addition of new gallery and education spaces.
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