Visiting Seattle Art Museum and Asian Art Museum
SAM offers suggested admission pricing for visiting the SAM Collections & Installations (special exhibitions excluded) and the Asian Art Museum.
SAM provides discounted rates for students, teens, seniors, and military with ID.
SAM members and children (14 & under) are free.
The First Thursday of every month admission to SAM Collections and Installations and the Asian Art Museum is free.
The First Friday of every month SAM's Collections and Installations and the Asian Art Museum are free for seniors.
Admission to the Olympic Sculpture Park is always free!
Visiting Seattle Asian Art Museum
Visiting special exhibitions
Free and discounted passes can be requested by any individual, family, or group as passes especially those for whom the cost of a ticket is prohibitive, and groups who have been historically excluded from the museum space due to systematic oppression.
Community Opening Celebrations are free and include entry to special exhibitions.
Many of our programs include free admission to our special exhibitions on the day of the event. Keep an eye on exhibition related
First Thursdays special exhibition discounts
Seniors 65+, Military (w/ID): $7.99
Students (w/ID): $4.99
Ages 19 & younger: Free
First Friday: Admission to the special exhibition is $7.99 for anyone 65 years and older.
What is First Thursday?
On the first Thursday of each month, SAM Collections and Installations are free and special exhibitions are half-price. The Asian Art Museum offers free admission to all visitors.
Do I need to purchase a ticket online?
Yes. For a more contactless experience we are asking visitors to purchase tickets online and print them out at home or save them your mobile device. Please note we have adopted a new ticketing system.
How can I pay what I want for advance tickets online?
Suggested admission is not currently available online but you can use the Customer Service Center online form to get tickets in advance or call SAM’s Customer Service Center, 206.654.3210, 10 am–5 pm, Wednesday through Monday, to pay what you want for tickets.
Why is SAM adopting a new ticketing system?
The current ticketing system technology is over a decade old and no longer supported. SAM has transitioned to a new platform from the non-profit organization Tessitura. Our visitors and members will see some changes in the online purchase process as a result.
If I have an online account, what will happen when the new ticketing system is deployed?
You will need to click on “Forgot Password” to complete your account profile and establish a new password.
If you have an account, your information will be imported into the new ticketing system, except for your unique customer password. Temporary passwords will be assigned to accounts with email addresses.
After the new ticketing system is active, if you are a SAM member, be sure to log in as a member before you add tickets to your cart. Your member rates will be converted to the correct price at the checkout page.
That’s it! Once you update your password, you will be able to get tickets online, renew or purchase memberships, and make donations.
We apologize for the brief inconvenience, but are confident this change will improve our onsite and online ticket purchase experience for all of our members and visitors.
What if I do not already have an online account?
If you do not have an account already, you will be prompted to create an account with a login and password in order to check out online.
What do I do if I lost my print-at-home tickets?
If you have lost your print-at-home tickets, you can reprint your tickets by logging-in to your online account and clicking “Purchase History” in “My Account Info” You can also visit the Will Call line at the Admissions Desk in the museum and have your tickets reprinted by an Admission Representative.
What do I do if I didn’t receive a confirmation email?
Please start by checking your email account’s Junk Mail folder. Be sure to have your email account set-up to receive emails sent from
email@example.com before you purchase additional tickets. You can also log in to to your SAM account and confirm your purchase under Purchase History.
Can I take photos?
Non-flash photography is permitted in most areas of the museum for personal, noncommercial use, with the following restrictions
For press and other special photography, including filming and video projects, please contact
SAM Public Relations. For images of artworks owned by SAM, please see
SAM reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce images of objects in its collection.
Photography is prohibited of artwork with this symbol:
Can I sketch in the galleries?
Sketching with pencil and charcoal is permitted in all galleries of the museum devoted to SAM’s collection. The use of ink, fountain pens, or watercolors is prohibited.
Is there seating in the galleries?
Benches and other seating are provided on each floor of the museum for your comfort.
What accommodations does SAM offer to make the museum accessible to all?
SAM strives to be accessible for all visitors and provides a variety of support services to assist with your visit. More information can be found on our
Service animals are the only animals welcome in the museum.
What do I do if I lost something at the museum?
Report your lost article and we will let you know if it turns up.