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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 361 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Must see for Asian art followers. Site of the former main library built in the 1910's, number of areas and sections restored. Do not miss the jade collection.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

If you enjoy Asian art do not miss this museum. Lots to see and photographs for personal use are permitted. Allow 1-2 hours to walk around and enjoy the sculptures and paintings.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This special exhibit is at the Asian Art Museum until May 25, 2014. If you have ever practiced yoga, even as a casual beginner, visit this unusual and informative exhibit! Beautiful sculptures and paintings, ancient to modern. Interesting historical perspectives on yoga through many centuries. You can add personal commentary at the timeline of yoga in California. A well-curated exhibit:... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We planned out visit around a performance by the Navarasa Dance Theater, and were absolutely blown away by how creative, powerful, and innovative they were. The performance was free with the price of admission ($12), which almost felt criminal--it was that good! The permanent collection was also wonderful; easily on-par with the Sackler in Boston. The cafe was also a... More

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I spent the entire rainy day here, took two docent-led tours of collections, used the head-set, and enjoyed a great lunch. Super experience.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

For all who do yoga, gotta see a fine exhibit on history of this spiritual experience transformed to modern day industry of exercise - the new "religion" of self development. From Incredible miniature Buddhist carvings to British awareness of Indian practices to modern day SFO bay area players in the transformation of yoga over 2500 years. SEE IT SOON. Very... More

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New Orleans
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

If you enjoy Asian cultures and the art and artifacts, this is the place for you. Give yourself plenty of time.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Wonderful exhibit! Go see it if your in San Francisco! I have been practicing yoga for many years and this was so helpful to understand the history of yoga. I especially enjoyed the miniature carving of the Buddhas life.

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Napa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Something was happening here in the San Francisco Civic Center and we had just arrived from the Ferry Terminal. Walked slowly all the way up from the Embarcadero; which wore us out. Hey! City Hall is still there, away over that way is the Opera House but What is that big blank wall right over here, no, right there? No... More

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Good introductory place for Asian Art and culture. If you visited many other Asian museums, you can be disappointed. But I liked the special exhibition of this museum and there is a city hall right in front of this museum. It was a good scenery.

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