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Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

(4.5/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan to see Asian Art Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our San Francisco trip itinerary maker.
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  • The collection is quite small and not comparable to the NYC Metropolitan Museum or even the Norton Simon for the quality of the collection, IMHO, but it is nevertheless enjoyable. Don't skip lunch - t...  more »
  • A stones throw from City Hall and steps to the Civic Center BART entrance, yet the Asian Art Museum doesn't get near the attention it deserves. Wonderfully curated. Allot double the time you think you...  more »
  • Fine museum with great exhibits from Asia. We saw The Rama Epic, an exciting exhibition and very nice shadow puppets, paintings etc which described the story of Rama. Nice restaurant with good lunch.
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  • I absolutely loved this museum. For someone like me (I know virtually nothing about Asian art), this was an amazing experience. Everything is explained in detail and clearly so that even someone like me can understand it. The number of items exposed is incredible and it's really a mind-expanding experience.
  • I am wedding coordinator who had a wedding at Asia Art Museum. This is one of the most beautiful places for a wonderful wedding at SF. Budget friendly and great catering services!!! All our our guests were surrounded by the beauty, history and romantic ambiance and had a wonderful time here!!! Highly recommend!!!
  • There was a special collection from Taipei and my in-laws wanted to see it. Well that collection was fun, the other two floors of the museum are just packed full of super interesting and ancient art. The museum is very well priced and beautifully laid-out. There's a really nice cafe inside with lots of Greek Asian and vegetarian choices. It is definitely worth a visit.
  • The best publically-accessible collection of Asian antiquities in America. Go Thursday nights for extended hours and cheaper admission, or the once-a-month free days (expect more traffic). Must sees: *The bronze rhino, which is the only statuette of its kind in the world. *The oldest dated buddha ever found from China.
  • Love this place... the art on display right now is breath taking. Don't miss it!