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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 362 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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Adelaide, Australia
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43 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Great collection of Asian artefacts, and the museum is facing a rather picturesque square. The City hall, Opera and Ballet buildings are just nearby. You might want to check your route in advance though, as Tenderloin neighbourhood is nearby as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

As yoga practitioners, we went to see this exhibit and it was quite educational. Especially the videos of yoga in movies over time and the amazing feats of yoga experts! The tour price includes the whole museum too, but we have been to this museum a few times before and so we kind of just looked for what is different... More

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I have been a member of the Asian Art Museum for 2 years and it is has yet to disappoint. The yoga exhibit is amazing. The restaurant is one of my favorites.

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Berkeley, California
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128 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

A dedicated museum to "Asia" by definition has to be massive since you are talking about the largest landmass on earth, home to countless different cultures and peoples. This museum is fairly daunting but incredibly engrossing and informative. I do like the way they laid it out...the main tour option is to track the spread of Buddhism, hence they have... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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41 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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