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Pacific Asia Museum

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Address: 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone Number: 626-449-2742
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Description: The mission of this museum is to preserve, present and interpret the arts...
The mission of this museum is to preserve, present and interpret the arts and culture of the Pacific Islands and Asia in order to promote appreciation of these cultures.
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An interesting museum, it offers something a bit different and eclectic - it's definitely worth checking out.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
63 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

An interesting museum, it offers something a bit different and eclectic - it's definitely worth checking out.

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NJ
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163 reviews 163 reviews
67 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Asian art is a vast subject and this museum attempts to do justice to it by providing a smattering of many aspects. In an admittedly hurried visit I didn't find much to keep me entranced or willing to come back though the building itself, with a shaded interior courtyard, is probably worth a stop. The exhibit of Ikko Tanaka's graphic... More 

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Baltimore
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

For a small museum this was ideal. It is located in an old China town house with a lovely courtyard and many intriguing ins and outs. The collection is fine, with good examples from many countries. There was a special exhibit "The Rent Collection Courtyard" an early example of Chinese modern art from 1965. This inclusion of modern art with... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We did not know it was closed on Tuesday, so had to go back the next day. Worth the effort. Special exhibit of Chinese porcelain, and a interesting video regarding the art of making good porcelain.

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Seattle, Washington
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53 reviews 53 reviews
6 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Having a long-time interest in Asian affairs, but but not very knowledgeable about Asian art, I enjoyed my visit to this museum. The collection is eclectic, making no claims to be all-encompassing, but interesting nonetheless. The art objects were simply displayed, and the descriptions in most cases well-done and educational, if not entertaining. The museum is easy to navigate, and... More 

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Still worth visiting. Interesting variety of Asian art but mixed quality of collection. New director making interesting additions to collection.

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

There were very interesting exhibits from Asia as well as Hawaii. The museum had an interesting flow as it followed around in a circle. Well organized. The shop had interesting items for sale.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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330 attraction reviews
316 helpful votes 316 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I may be a little spoiled with having the Minneapolis Institute of Art(which has a huge Asian exhibit) in my back yard and having just walked through the Bishop museum a few days prior in Honolulu. Admission runs $10 and the museum is nice, but I found it a bit underwhelming. The MIA is free and has a much larger... More 

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I was there for a private tour and cocktail party. The staff were welcoming and the guided tour was fun and informative.

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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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131 reviews 131 reviews
62 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This is a relatively small museum with a wide variation of subjects covered. This means that there's not many items on any particular subject. You can get some audio information about, maybe, one item or one subject in a room by making a phone call and adding a specific number code. There is interesting stuff here, but I can't say... More 

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