Seattle Asian Art Museum

Seattle Asian Art Museum

About the Museum


The Seattle Asian Art Museum is home to one of the finest collections of its kind in the world and supports continued exploration into the cultures of Asia. Its 1933 Art Deco building in Volunteer Park, designed by Carl Gould, is a celebrated heritage site in its own right. Originally centred around Chinese and Japanese art, today the museum also features art from India, Korea, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, the Philippines and Vietnam. Works on display range from ancient Buddha sculptures to early-17th-century Japanese screens and contemporary works by Ai Weiwei.

On March 13th, Seattle Art Museum executives, Seattle's City leaders, project donors, and members of the community gathered at the Seattle Asian Art Museum for a ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of renovation and expansion of the museums building.

An expansion of the historic building will provide approximately 13,900 square feet but changes the museum’s footprint in the park by only 3,290 square feet. The project adds a new exhibition gallery, a dedicated education space, and a new conservation center. The restoration work to the original building and the expansion of programming and education spaces, is anticipated to be complete in the fall of 2019. Until then, the museum will be closed to visitors.

For more information on the Seattle Asian Art Museum renovation and expansion project, please visit seattleartmuseum.org/inspire.

For construction updates, please visit saamconstruction.com.

(Photo: Benjamin Benschneider)

Collection Highlights


Scenes in and around the Capital

Li Jin

A Feast
Seattle Asian Art Museum: Collection Highlights
Scenes in and around the Capital, second half of 17th-century
Japanese, ink, colour, and gold on paper, 67 7/8 in x 149 3/4 in
Purchased with funds from Mildred and Bryant Dunn and the Floyd A. Naramore Memorial Purchase Fund, 75.38.1& 2

Li Jin

A Feast, 2001
ink on Xuan paper, 33 in x 708 5/8 in
Partial gift of Meg Maggio and the Courtyard Gallery, Beijing and partial purchase with funds from Rebecca and Alexander Stewart, John and Shari Behnke, and the Modern Art Acquisition Fund, 2003.119. © Li Jin
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