Sustain BAM

Sustain BAM

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Keep Bellevue Alive


The Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM), an art institution with community roots dating to 1947, is faced with dire circumstances and urgently appeals to the community for support. The museum has a longstanding commitment to providing exceptional exhibitions, cross-cultural programming, and events, including the iconic Bellevue Arts Fair.   

Despite the foundational role BAM plays in the presence of arts and culture for the greater Eastside, the museum is currently in a state of financial crisis.

BAM, like most American museums, has been affected by revenue losses amid drops in attendance, fundraising, and retail sales since the end of the pandemic. This is a nationwide conversation about how the arts can thrive financially following the expiration of the Paycheck Protection Program. Until attendance and fundraising fully return to pre-pandemic levels, it is critical for the community to play a role in closing the gap.

Bellevue Arts Museum seeks support from the community to join it its efforts to preserve the historic organization. Community support is critical to ensuring the museum will continue to enrich lives through art and education. Collectively, the iconic institution can remain and uphold its legacy as a cornerstone of the community.




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Facts About the Bellevue Art Museum & Upcoming Events 

  • 2025 marks the 50th anniversary of BAM, the 25th anniversary of our Steven Holl building and the 79th anniversary of our iconic Arts Fair.   
  • Since the building opening in 2000, BAM has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors.
  • Over 300 emerging local and national artists have gotten their start with BAM. 
  • In addition to rotating exhibitions, the museum provides free family days, cultural events,  youth programs and educational programs for adults and children. Our renowned teen docent program is always fully subscribed by local high school students.  
  • The Bellevue Arts Fair, hosted by BAM, hosts over 300 artists every year.  This year, the Arts Fair is scheduled for the weekend of July 26, 27, & 28. 

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BAM Hours

Open today until 5:00 PM.

Museum Hours:
Mondays & Tuesdays: Closed
Wednesdays – Sundays: 11am – 5pm