Asian Art Museum

1400 E. Prospect St.
Seattle, WA 98112- Map It
(206) 654-3100

AAA Editor Notes

Asian Art Museum is at 1400 E. Prospect St. in Volunteer Park. The outstanding collection of Asian art emphasizes quality over quantity. The setting is stellar—a magnificent Art Deco-style building built in 1933 and located in luxuriantly leafy Volunteer Park. Approaching the main entrance you pass through the Garden Court, filled with beautiful Hindu and Tibetan sandstone sculptures. Inside are Chinese calligraphy paintings and Japanese watercolors of cherry blossoms, chickadees and cranes. The collection of Chinese art is particularly extensive—more than 7,000 works covering a range of dynasties (among them Han, Song, Tang and Ming) that includes paintings, sculpture, jade and bronze pieces, textiles, lacquers and ceramics. Japanese art ranges from prehistory to the present and includes screens, ceramics, textiles and extensive archeological materials. Look for Korean Buddhist paintings, folk art, porcelains and tomb pieces. The Indian paintings are beautifully detailed. Last but not least, posing with the camel in the outdoor courtyard makes for a fun photo op. Free guided tours are given; inquire in advance for information about tour times and topics. Closure information: The museum is closing in Feb. 2017 for an 18-month renovation; phone ahead for updates. Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.
$9; $6 (ages 62+ and military with ID); $5 (ages 13-19 and students with ID); free (to all first Thurs. of the month, to all second Thurs. of the month 5-9, ages 62+ first Fri. of the month, and families first Sat. of the month).
Hours: Wed.-Sun. 10-5 (also Thurs. 5-9). Closed major holidays.