SAM has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest since 1933. Visit SAM to see a museum carved into the city, as much a part of Seattle's landscape and personality as the coffee, rain, mountains, Pike Place Market, and the Space Needle.
Their three distinct locations celebrate the region's position as a crossroads where east meets west, urban meets natural, local meets global. Their collections, installations, special exhibitions, and programs feature art from around the world and build bridges between cultures and centuries.
EXPANSION OF SAM
The opening of the new Seattle Art Museum in 2007 unveiled a striking expansion designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture, which doubled the museum’s public and exhibition space.
Cloepfil’s design seamlessly connects to SAM’s existing downtown facility, which was designed by Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates and opened in 1991. The expansion was designed to highlight the art within and create a center of creative expression and energy in downtown Seattle. Its elegant stainless steel façade responds to its urban surroundings, the light and the landscape of the Pacific Northwest, while spacious interiors provide an inviting environment for the experience of art.
In conjunction with the opening of the expansion and SAM’s 75th anniversary in 2008, the museum has also received an unprecedented series of gifts from prominent museum patrons and collectors. The gifts—nearly 1,000 works from more than 40 collections—significantly enhance SAM’s holdings and reinforce the museum’s dedication to artistic excellence. In a remarkable show of support, entire collections by some of the Northwest’s leading collectors have been committed over time, creating the largest gift in the museum’s history.
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