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Asian Art Museum

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Address: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone Number: +1 415-581-3500
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Description: Spanning cultures from Turkey to India and China to the Philippines...
Spanning cultures from Turkey to India and China to the Philippines through 6,000 years, the collection provides a panorama of Asian art and culture. Included are over 18,000 objects ranging from tiny jades to monumental sculptures. Superb paintings, porcelains, arms and armor, furniture, textiles, and bronzes are featured.
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Always excellent exhibits in a beautiful space...

We go each time we visit relatives in the area, and are never disappointed at the current exhibitions or revisiting their permanent collections. We find the cafe slow and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
DrSharonGreenfieldMA
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Greenfield MA
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Greenfield MA
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134 reviews 134 reviews
61 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We go each time we visit relatives in the area, and are never disappointed at the current exhibitions or revisiting their permanent collections. We find the cafe slow and inefficient so don't choose to eat there after two experiences; but if you have time to linger, try it out. The store is wonderfully packed with lovely gifts to choose from... More 

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Sheburne
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

First off, the good things. The collections contain wonderful wonderful items. Many hours could be spent studying and enjoying the exhibits, and return visits would also be fruitful. The museum also allows non-flash photography, which I find very useful in "taking notes" and just taking some of the wonders with me. But this museum is another temple to the tyranny... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Excellent museum. Wish their gift shop was a little bigger ;) but they did have unique, antique, textiles for sale.

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Ashland, Oregon
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I liked many of the paintings from China, Japan, and India. The descriptions helped me learn more about the art history of these countries and the artists.

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Jimin L, Communications Assistant at Asian Art Museum, responded to this review

Hi Kuojoseph - Thank you for reviewing the Asian Art Museum. We're glad you enjoyed our collection! Hope to see you soon. - Asian Art Museum More 

Orange County CA
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139 reviews 139 reviews
34 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The Asian Museum is a lovely Classical building that has been updated with modern glass ceilings and is quiet and well organized according to Asian regions. We particularly enjoyed the handsome pottery and lovely screens, some of which are over 25 feet long. Unfortunately Larkin Street is Homeless Central so I would recommend calling for a cab to take you... More 

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Jimin L, Communications Assistant at Asian Art Museum, responded to this review

Hi Trisha21 - Thank you for reviewing our museum! We're glad to to hear that you enjoyed our artworks, especially the "handsome pottery and lovely screens." Hope to see you again soon! - Asian Art Museum More 

Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I've only had the chance to visit the Asian once, but I instantly fell in love with the entire museum. They have amazingly expansive exhibitions from diverse regions of Asia, which was SO refreshing to see. The Asian is also constantly getting new, short-term exhibitions, usually lots of contemporary art, which is a nice break from all the exciting ancient... More 

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Jimin L, Communications Assistant at Asian Art Museum, responded to this review

Hi Jennifer T - Thank you for reviewing our museum! We greatly appreciate your visit and insight. We hope you can join us soon for our upcoming special contemporary exhibition "28 Chinese" opening June 5! - Asian Art Museum More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This is a must - very, very interesting - I was amazed by the exhibits dating back to the year 25 !! - And the shop is the best museum shop I have seen for years. Yes well worth a visit.

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Jimin L, Communications Assistant at Asian Art Museum, responded to this review

Hi Tony C - Thanks for reviewing our museum! We're so glad you found our collection interesting and museum store worthwhile. We hope to see you soon! - Asian Art Museum More 

San Francisco, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We moved to SF from NY, where one of my favorite museums is the Rubin (Himalayan art). I have an art history degree and am a frequent traveler across Asia, to give a sense of my probably too high standards for museums! Glad to have this great mid-sized institution in SF. The standing collection is pretty good, certainly world class,... More 

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Jimin L, Communications Assistant at Asian Art Museum, responded to this review

Hi Elisabear 3 - Thank you for your insight and review. We hope you'll visit us again soon for our upcoming special exhibition "28 Chinese" opening June 5, - Asian Art Museum More 

San Francisco, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Outstanding collection for every country in Asian. Walk arcoss the street to City Hall to see couples getting married in a 100 restored public building.

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Jimin L, Communications Assistant at Asian Art Museum, responded to this review

Hi Otaytak - Thank you for reviewing our museum! We hope you visit us soon! - Asian Art Museum More 

Cupertino, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

there is always so much to do here events every week and some best Asian art you will ever see great shop too as well café Asian nice light foods we have cake and coffee . they have one very best here you help your self . soups look great as well other foods . see the Tibetan art here... More 

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Jimin L, Communications Assistant at Asian Art Museum, responded to this review

Hi John S - Thank you for your review and insight! We're glad to hear you enjoy our public programs, collection, and food at Cafe Asia. We hope you visit us soon! - Asian Art Museum More 

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