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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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Definitely our top choice amongst our Seattle attractions from a 3 day visit. It's not big but it has a superb and varied collection. And the setting is incredible - bring a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Definitely our top choice amongst our Seattle attractions from a 3 day visit. It's not big but it has a superb and varied collection. And the setting is incredible - bring a picnic lunch and study the art deco features of the building. An unusual experience was actually having a docent/security staff that wanted to interact with the visitors.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This museum always has some great exhibits. It is free to visit on Sundays. It is across the street from San Francisco City Hall and the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library.

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Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This museum is one of the finest I've ever been to, and the collection is absolutely massive. There is art not just from China and Japan, but from India, Vietnam, Thailand, the Middle East and more. There are three floors to explore and it's a great place to spend an afternoon.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

As an Asian Canadian, it was neat seeing an art museum on Asian historical and modern cultures. I needed to read a lot of the descriptions on the modern contemporary pieces of art to understand it but I also liked the historical statues and idols from all over East and South East Asia. Very good tour as well, which is... More 

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Redwood City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

A very unique building houses the Asian Art Museum. The 28 Chinese was a little too modern for me. The art was interesting, but too many sculptures of Buddha and other gods. Watch out for the body on the floor, very realistic. The restaurant is a very good place to eat and relax.

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san francisco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The museum is located next to the public library in the worst neighborhood of San Francisco. As you cross the street, you pick your way through piles of used drug syringes and human feces from the homeless encamped at the library and the grass outside the museum. Inside, the building is beautiful but the collection is displayed without decent didactics... More 

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SAN LUIS REY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We enjoyed the vast variety of Asian art...so much so that we took out a family membership so that we could come back when we next went to the opera.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I found the permanent collections either too small or too overwhelming. I believe the museum should change the way it exhibits its permanent collection to be more selective, more informative, more interactive - it feels a bit stale as it. The exhibition of a wealthy couple's Chinese art collection on the other hand is excellent and well worth visiting.

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Sonoma, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

My husband and I visited the museum for the Terracotta Warriors. It was a lot of fun to see the warriors but it wasn't the best part of the museum. Room after room of sparkling treasures are open for visitors to feast their eyes on. My husband and I got so into the museum, we started to play a game... More 

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Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This is an enormous collection. That's its plus and its minus. It is overwhelming in the number of items to see with little help in sorting out what is most important. The cafe is very good and gad nice Dim Sum to eat.

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Address: Address: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone Number: +1 415-581-3500
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Civic Center
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
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