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Seattle Art Museum- Where Past meets Present

Welcome to Seattle!  Owing to the long spring season, the Emerald City (Seattle) has been a famous tourist hub among the travelers of all ages. February marks the beginning of beautiful tourist season when rains relent and the shades of narcissus and plum change the hues and scent that would last for months. It is perhaps one of the few American cities where travelers can be outdoors all the year-round without either shivering or sweating. There are many things to do and see in Seattle. Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Aquarium are a few among these.  If you are connoisseur of art, a visit to Seattle Art Museum is a must visit attraction.

Established in the year 1933, Seattle Art Museum has been a top-notch institution of visual arts for about 8 decades now. Aficionados of art would find no better place than SAM to experience the nostalgia of 20th century and developments in 21st century together. When SAM was founded it had only 1926 pieces of art and by the end of 2008 its collection grew to almost 25000 pieces of art.

Ever since its establishment, Seattle Art Museum has been received a good number of visitors. In the very first year 346287 people visited the museum and in 2007 attendance grew to 797127. "Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris" held in 2010 had been the most remarkable event in the history of SAM when more than 405,000 people attended the exhibition.

The permanent exhibitions at SAM consists of African art, American art, Ancient Mediterranean & Islamic art, Australian Aboriginal & Oceanic art, Chinese art, Decorative art, Southeast Asian art, European art, Japanese art, Korean art, modern and contemporary art native and Mesoamerican art,  and northwest art and textiles.

SAM has three major facilities: SAM, SAAM and Olympic Sculpture Museum.  

Seattle Asian Art Museum: The museum of Asian Art in Seattle nestles at Volunteer Park on the Capitol Hill. Abbreviated as SAAM, Seattle Asian Art Museum incorporates the 1933 Art Moderne building, the original home of SAM's main collection.  

Admission is free on the first Thursday and Saturday of every month.

Olympic Sculpture Park: Opened in 2007, Olympic Sculpture Park attracts visitors because of its uniqueness. Sprawling over 9 acres, it has an outdoor sculpture museum park and also a beach. Amazing museum, isn’t it?  

Admission to outdoor sculpture park is free.

Author Bio: Rachna Dave works with CheapOair, one of the best known online travel brand in the U.S., to promotes travel and tourism globally. They offer low fare guarantee on economy as well as business class travel.

Seattle Travel Tip by Author: Tourism in Seattle surges up in spring. To book cheap flights to Seattle, plan your travel in advance. Prior booking at times helps in getting a business class travel deal at a fare of economy class.

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