Seattle Art Museum
2013 Exhibitions: Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London (February 14 - May 19), Morality Tales: American Art and Social Protest, 1935-45 (June 29 - May 5)
One building was not enough to hold the Seattle Art Museum's rich holdings and creative initiatives, so three facilities fall under the institution's umbrella. From the turn of the twentieth century, SAM has included a world-famous collection of Japanese and Chinese art, which is now housed in the Seattle Asian Art Museum on the city's Capitol Hill. In the 1990s, the main museum revitalized the downtown area, opening its new building with a glimmering show of glass by Washington's own Dale Chihuly.
One ticket price will get you admission to both museums within the same week, and if that deal isn't sweet enough, you can also visit SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park, which is always free. Freshly opened in 2007, the waterfront collection includes important works by Richard Serra, Alexander Calder, and Louis Bourgeois, all set against an exquisite view of the Olympic Mountains.