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Sold out: 10,000 free tickets for Seattle Asian Art Museum’s reopening weekend already snapped up

(Image: Tim Griffith/Seattle Asian Art Museum)

Turns out Seattle art lovers are jazzed about the reopening of the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Officials from the museum located in Volunteer Park that has been closed for a two-year, $56 million renovation and expansion say the SAAM’s “Housewarming: Free Reopening Weekend” is already “sold out” with every free ticket already snapped up for the February 8th and 9th event.

SAAM announced Tuesday morning that 10,000 “free timed tickets” for the two-day housewarming event have been claimed and “there will not be a wait-list for the event.”

If you missed out, join the Seattle Art Museum. The Members Open House planned for Wednesday, February 5 and Thursday, February 6 still had spots available as of this morning.

After that, you can enjoy the newly overhauled museum on its new regular schedule starting Wednesday, February 12th or you can aim for the first Free Thursday at the venue on February 13th. The museum will also now be free to visitors on Satursdays:


Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 10 am–5 pm

Thursday: 10 am–9 pm

Friday: 10 am–5 pm

Saturday: ​9 am–5 pm

Sunday: 10 am–5 pm



Adults: $14.99

Seniors (65+): $12.99

Military (With ID): $12.99

Students (With ID): $9.99

Teens (15–18): $9.99

Children 14 & Under: Free

SAM Members: Free


Tickets include access to all exhibitions. Tickets purchased onsite are suggested admission.



First and Second Thursdays: Free To All

First Friday: Free To Seniors

First Saturdays: Free To All

After becoming available in December, only a few Sunday slots were left as of this week before those, too, were claimed, the museum says.

CHS reported last fall on the planned February free weekend reopening of the 1933-built museum that will now be expanded by more than 13,000 square feet with more display space to represent South Asia and India as well as a new climate control system and seismic upgrades, plus new ADA accessibility.

Highlights of the overhaul include:

  • A new glass-enclosed park lobby on the east side of the building, creating a visual connection to Volunteer Park
  • Two new portals in the Fuller Garden Court opening onto the park lobby
  • A new gallery, education studio, conservation center, and community meeting room
  • The restoration of Olmstedian pathways in the park near the museum
  • Restoration of three fountains (two exterior, one interior)
  • Cleaning and preservation of the original sandstone façade
  • Cleaning of the façade’s Art Deco metalwork and reglazing of the glass

The museum’s collection will be organized by theme rather than by region and the first special exhibition will be called Be/longing: Contemporary Asian Art.

The lead up to the project included a new 55-year lease signed for the City of Seattle property promising wider access for the city’s schools. The project was funded by a mixture of public and private funds, with a final budget of approximately $56 million, officials said Tuesday. Of this funding, $21 million comes from the City of Seattle, which owns the building. Additional government support includes $1.5 million from the State of Washington and $1.4 million from King County. The remaining funds were raised through private support.

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6 thoughts on “Sold out: 10,000 free tickets for Seattle Asian Art Museum’s reopening weekend already snapped up

    • Do you remember all the hysterical voices that were against this project?

      I’m sure they’re all ready to admit that they were wrong, and that the project was very much a success and has added a lot to Volunteer Park….

      Lol, just kidding. I’m sure they are just as shortsighted and morally self-righteous as ever.

      • Yes. There was a great deal of concern about losing that area behind the original structure. In one weekend, the museum will serve about 9,500 people more than used that area in a year. Okay, I’m a little prejudiced. I was always supportive of this remodel.

      • Yes, this enthusiastic response (to the re-opening) is a solid repudiation of that small minority of grumps who held up this project.

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