Ai Weiwei
Seattle Art Museum

The Seattle Fine Art Society, the parent institution of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), was founded in 1906.

In 1929 The Fine Art Society was renamed the Art Institute of Seattle and it was in 1933 with its new name, The Seattle Art Museum, opened its doors to the public.

SAM has been a center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest since its opening.

The three distinct locations of Seattle Art Museum, Asian art Museum, and Olympic Sculpture Park celebrate the region’s position as a crossroads where east meets west, urban meets natural, local meets global. The collections, installations, special exhibitions, and programs feature art from around the world and build bridges between cultures and centuries. ​

In the heart of downtown Seattle, light-filled galleries visitors are invited to wander through the collections, temporary installations, and special exhibitions from around the world. The collections include Asian, African, Ancient American, Ancient Mediterranean, Islamic, European, Oceanic, Asian, American, modern and contemporary art, and decorative arts and design.