FAQ from SAM Website
Are there any museum admission discounts? SAM offers discounted rates for students, seniors, and military with ID. SAM members and children (12 & under) are free. Admission at the Olympic Sculpture Park is always free! Groups with 10 or more people receive a discounted rate if reserved in advance—please call 206.344.5260 or email us. SAM also participates in the City of Seattle’s GOLD and FLASH card program, TeenTix, Bank of America’s Museums on Us (special exhibition surcharge may apply), and Blue Star Museums. Please contact SAM’s Customer Service Center by using the online form or by calling 206.654.3210 for additional, up-to-date discount information.
What is First Thursday/Art Walk and is the museum free on this day? On the first Thursday of every month, many galleries in the area stay open late. The Seattle Art Museum and the Asian Art Museum are open until 9 pm. Visitors receive free admission to SAM’s collections and installations (special exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum carry a surcharge) all day.
What does “suggested admission” mean? Visitors may choose to pay by donation to view SAM’s collections at both the Seattle Art Museum and the Asian Art Museum. That means that you can pay any amount and we will provide you with a ticket to view our collections (note: excludes major special exhibitions). We depend greatly on admission revenues, but we also want the museum to be accessible to all. The price of your ticket helps us offer activities and programs for youth, adults, and families, and to bring exciting exhibitions to the Northwest region.
Excerpted from SAM Website. http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/about-sam/faq