Visit one of the city's most internationally renowned institutions, the Seattle Art Museum (commonly referred to as SAM). Located in the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, SAM maintains 3 major facilities: its main museum downtown, the Seattle Asian Art Museum on Capitol Hill as well as the Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront.
SAM traces its roots back over 100 years, beginning with the Seattle Fine Arts Society (formed in 1905). The museum’s collection has grown from around 1900 pieces to 25,000 and often features many varied traveling exhibits. The Seattle Art Museum also contains the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library and the McCaw Foundation Library of Art that specialize in African, Asian, European, contemporary and modern art, as well as photography.
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