Bellevue Arts Museum to reopen galleries on Friday, October 2

September 16, 2020
Photo: Emilie Smith

September 16, 2020
Contact: Emilie Smith
Phone: 425.519.0755

Bellevue, WA—On Friday, October 2, Bellevue Arts Museum will reopen its second- and third-floor galleries to the public. The decision follows a recent modification to Washington’s Safe Start plan allowing museums to reopen to the public at 25% capacity.


Key information

Open hours: Friday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm

Members-Only Days: Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27

Timed entry: To ensure compliance with state-mandated capacity restrictions, guests are required to book a timeslot before visiting the Museum or Museum Store. Reservations can be made at

Pay-What-You-Can Admission: BAM is moving to a Pay-What-You-Can Admission model thanks to the generous support of Overlake Medical Center and Clinics.

More information:


New exhibitions

The Museum is also pleased to announce that visitors will be able to enjoy an all-new slate of exhibitions. If you are interested in covering any of these shows and would like to set up a tour or interview, contact Emilie Smith, Marketing Manager, at

  • Steven Holl: Making Architecture takes an in-depth look at renowned architect Steven Holl’s distinct approach to making architecture. Holl is the architect behind BAM’s own 2001 building.

    Through October 11

    Themes: Architecture | Architectural models and sketches | Steven Holl

  • America’s Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains: An Exhibition by SuperMonster市City! celebrates the characters that have captured the American imagination.

    Through January 17, 2021

    Themes: Toys | Collectors & Collections | American history and values | Monsters, superheroes, and villains

  • Anna Mlasowsky: Never Odd or Even brings together a selection of Anna Mlasowsky’s glass objects and performances made over the last decade.

    Through January 17, 2021

    Themes: Glass | Performance art

  • Mapping Truths, an exhibition curated by UW Museology graduate Siri Benn, is also on-view in the Community Education Gallery.

    Through October 4

    Themes: Mapmaking | Local artists


New works on view in the Forum
  • Julie Green, The Last Supper Made up of 800 hand-painted plates depicting the final meal requests of death row inmates, Julie Green's The Last Supper explores the humanity of incarcerated persons facing the death penalty.

  • Holly Ballard Martz, Danger of Nostalgia in Wallpaper Form (in utero) Taking inspiration from ornate Victorian wallpapers, Holly Ballard Martz's danger of nostalgia in wallpaper form (in utero) is created from cheap wire coat hangers, shaped and soldered into more than 100 diagrammatic forms of the human female reproductive system.


Public Programs

In-person programs and docent-led tours are on hold until further notice, but look out for virtual programs to come and save the date for BAM-O-WEEN To Go on October 31 from 11am – 4pm.


BAM from Home

BAM will continue to produce video tours for the BAM From Home series once the galleries reopen. Check out the 25 virtual tour, lecture, and craft tutorial videos produced during the Museum's closure here » 


About Bellevue Arts Museum

Bellevue Arts Museum provides a public forum for the community to contemplate, appreciate, and discuss visual culture. We work with audiences, artists, makers, and designers to understand our shared experience of the world.