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Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Civic Center)
415 581 3500
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Ranked #17 of 373 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Activities: Shopping
Traveler Description: The Asian Art Museum is one of the best Asian art museums in the world so plan on spending several hours. The best introduction to the museum is to... more »
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Seattle, Washington
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96 reviews 96 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the Gorgeous exhibit. Jeff Koon's MJ and Bubbles really was very cool. Some other good pieces as well. We toured the various galleries.....lots of great art, carvings, sculptures but after a couple of hours I was overloaded with them. But worthwhile and my fav perhaps was the display case of puppets......................

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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The museum's permanent collection is wonderful. I was disappointed that most of the Chinese paintings were moved for a rather indifferent show of modern chinese scrolls. The Mandala was so so. The main show "Gorgeous" had some nice Asian pieces but the "modern" stuff is not my taste, especially the life-size ceramic of Michael Jackson with his monkey.

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San Francisco, California
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52 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Lots of artifacts and many sculptures if you want to learn about Asian culture and history. It’s more about history and less about the art (smaller collection of paintings.) The exhibitions were quite packed with so much to display.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We loved the Asian Art Museum, every floor had unique pieces and the layout of the museum is fabulous, the quality of the exhibits is wonderful. We were there during America's Cup and got to see the exhibit on the Japanese screens-just amazing. I can't wait to go back.

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Ojo Caliente, New Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

This gem is not high of the masses of tourists' agendas, especially if you arrive around opening time. The structure itself is a beautiful, bright piece of architecture. 3 floors of fantastic asian antiquities across Japan, India, China, Cambodia, Thailand and Burma. Highly recommend to take one of the ongoing free tours from the docents who are clearly in love... More

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Inwood, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Wonderful and informative permanent installations. Several months ago, was very lucky to see installation of the Terracotta warriors. About ten soldiers with two horses and very good explanation about the First Emperor and his underground city. Always time well spent even if there is no particularly current installation or exhibit.

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San Jose
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We had a great time here. I can't remember the actual special exhibit but it was very interesting. The museum is large and spacious and full of light. There were large amounts of people here. I had a great time and so did my wife.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Inside, we really only got through one room because there were so many sculptures. Amazing - we loved it.

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New York, New York, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We went to this museum on July 4th as it was the only museum open that day, but it was well worth the taxi ride (it is across the street from City hall which is quite lovely). They have three floors of exhibits which cover all that is considered Asian as well as a special exhibit entitled "Gorgeous". It was... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Loved this exhibition. The museum, building was pretty outstanding too. The cafe should have been good but the staff were grim and the food was so-so.

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