Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

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Visit a mainstay of downtown San Francisco, Asian Art Museum, to see one of the most extensive displays dedicated to the region in the world, with nearly 18,000 different objects and works of art. The museum's collections are divided up into different themed sections, including South Asia, West Asia, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and more. Some of the artifacts are more than 5,000 years old and document the trends and development of Asian art throughout human history. Get an introduction to the museum's exhibits by joining in on a free guided tour, offered daily. The onsite cafe has both traditional and New Age Asian specialties. To visit Asian Art Museum on your holiday in San Francisco, and find out what else San Francisco has to offer, use our San Francisco trip planner.
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  • We visited this to see the Divine Devotion exhibit, it lived up to its name and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. A docent was there giving an explanation of some of the major exhibits. Definitely worth ...  more »
  • Well worth the visit for this wonderfully regenerated building alone. Comprehensive museum with BCE-up-to-date exhibits....  more »
  • Having traveled extensively through SE Asia, I have seen a lot of Asian art. This is a very good collection w a lot of really interesting pieces. Well worth a couple hours. Just be mindful, this is on...  more »
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  • Great museum close to City Hall, and other Civic institutions. Has a varied collection of sculptures, religious artifacts, statues, ceramics, Scrolls, and other artfully crafted artifacts. Not many paintings in this Museum, but that's not what the museum is about. Art forms from various Asian cultures are represented. Restrooms are clean and plentiful, and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. They offer guided docent tours at several hours during the day, both of the general collection, and ones specializing in a particular aspect of the collection or special exhibits. It should also be mentioned that their in-house restaurants / Cafe offers excellent Asian-inspired food fare at reasonable prices for San Francisco. They also have a selection of tea, sodas, wine, beer, and sake.
  • Excellent - there's not many places where you can visit and see so many Asian artifacts and history in one place. Admission here is fairly inexpensive but please, support them and become a member. Place was clean, spacious, A/C and staff here (probably all volunteers) are very nice and helpful. Most of the exhibits had descriptions and you can even check out a headset that tells the history and background. Parking can be a bit of challenge due to the location, but if you come on a Sunday you'll find ample street parking within a few blocks of the place. Or, you can park in the parking lot across the street for about $6 an hour.
  • I've been a member for several years and love visiting. I highly recommend their exhibits and the gift shop has same amazing items at very reasonable prices. Whenever I have company visiting, I always bring them here. And their monthly movie night is a real treat.
  • I didn't know what to expect going in, but I quickly found this to be one of the best museums I have ever been to. The museum was incredibly interesting, with unbelievable pieces. Each exhibit focusing on a different specific culture was informative, easy to follow, and expertly laid out. I learned so much. And, it's not a daunting or stuffy museum whatsoever. Can spend 3 hours or a whole day.
  • Quiet, spacious and an excellent collection of very high quality pieces. Easy to navigate around and a few unusual gems. Was nice to see so much fabric and not too much pottery . The size and ornateness of the jade collection is notably excellent.

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