Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

4.5
Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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.
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  • I took my infant son to the museum since we have been cooped up for months. It felt so nice to get out and get some culture. The museum is spotless and feels very very safe. The staff takes the...  more »
  • Museum covers at least 6,000 years of art & culture from across Asia. Great if you are in Civic Center/ Downtown  more »
  • Wanted to like it- we spent many hours at the De Young museum -simply dazzled. Checked out the Asian Art Museum and found it just wasn't our cup of tea  more »
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  • If you only have time for one art museum in San Francisco, choose this one! I'm not aware of anywhere else in the US that has the range and depth of Asian art on display in this institution. Even though one of the three floors is currently closed for remodeling, there is still plenty to see. I highly recommend taking a docent-led tour. Ours was one of the best that I had ever taken at a museum. The theme of the tour was representations of Buddha and how they had varied across time periods and regions. What made the tour excellent was that the tour was a mixed group of people from Western backgrounds, India, and China. The docent got the tour participants to share their perceptions on the different images of Buddha. This tour went deeply into the cultural perspectives on the works that we viewed--very impressive!
  • Wonderful place to view. Asian art culture will impress you that much. Famous Chinese Artists works arranged nicely. Museum is well kept. Clean and tidy place. Guided tours are also available.
  • Actually rather than the museum, we visit the cafe for lunch and meetings. A really awesome spot for meetings in the center of the city and close to a Bart station. Having solid food is the best part, though I'm a bit sad at the removal of the amazing fried chicken sandwich. Their veggie options are also good and multiple, which makes it a solid destination
  • You know i am not really a fan of art but I would say that this museum does a great job of capturing it. I would say if you like art just a little bit you should check it out. But there prices are a pit high for my tastes.
  • I enjoy museums and have been here a few times. I brought my son and he is still slightly too young to appreciate the art in a comprehensive way. The museum does have a children's play room and we spent significant time there and did enjoy the selection of hands on crafts available (my kid and I drew and made fans in both the Asian and Western tradition).

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