Seattle Asian Art Museum Capitol Hill
Feb 8–9, 9 am–9 pm
Recommended by Jasmyne Keimig
*Note: Spots for the free grand reopening weekend have sold out. If you don't have tickets yet, you're encouraged to get them for Wednesday, February 12, and beyond.
The Seattle Asian Art Museum will finally reopen to the public, after a $56 million, almost three-year renovation. The refurbished museum—which had not been significantly overhauled since its building's construction in 1933—features a new gallery, education studio, conservation center, and community room; a climate-control system so things don't rot on the walls; a new glass-enclosed park lobby; and the restoration of one interior and two exterior fountains. Another major change: The permanent collection will not be organized by country or time period, but by theme. Curator of Chinese art Ping Foong and curator of Japanese and Korean art Xiaojin Wu (both from Seattle Art Museum), along with consulting curator of South Asian art Darielle Mason, collaborated on refiguring SAAM's permanent collection into 13 different themes. They grouped the objects according to their relationship to concepts like spirituality, fashion, divinity, material, text, and storytelling—mixing contemporary work with the ancient across cultures and regions.
Volunteer Park, 1400 E Prospect St, Seattle, WA 98112