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In 1994, after a new museum building opened in downtown Seattle, this facility reopened as the museum's center for Asian art and activities.
The Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park opened as the original museum facility in 1933. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is a lively international hub for Asian art and culture, exhibiting Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art.
The museum's holdings rank in the top 10 outside of Asia, and its Japanese collection is one of the top five in the United States. While the downtown location houses the museum's other collections, it also includes examples of its Asian art collections.