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Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Civic Center)
415 581 3500
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Ranked #19 of 386 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Shopping
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Owner description: The museum houses art from more than 40 countries, with an emphasis on Chinese ceramics.
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

I am an out-of-town member of the Asian Art Museum and have visited many times over the years, just about every time I am in San Francisco. Overall, the large collection, how items are displayed and labeled, and the facilities are excellent, certainly world class. Special exhibits are usually exceptional, and last several months. I have found the restaurant also... More

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Fremont, California
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34 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We just went now when there is a special exhibit on artifacts from Arabia. We learned so much about the history of the place. The exhibit is extremely well-done! My husband normally would not go because he thinks he would just be looking at Asian paintings and ceramics. He was just thrilled with the exhibit. We had dinner reservations but... More

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San Francisco, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This museum has an extensive collection of Asian art from many, many countries. The building was the old city main library, and was extensively renovated to house this collection. The Permanent collection is well worth seeing, and they have changing special exhibits. The gift shop has some really different and fun things, you won't find elsewhere (no ticket needed for... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The building is near the Civic Center and not easy to get to. It's about a 15 minute walk from Union Square. I went to see a special exhibit on Saudi Arabia which was excellent. I have traveled in Asia a lot. The museum is good for basic Asian art, but the art is better seen in context.

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65 reviews 65 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We just had the pleasure of visiting the Asian Art Museum at the Civic Center of San Franisco to see the special exhibit "Roads of Arabia which is a fascinating display of art and culture giving one a better understanding of Saudi Arabia. The building is art deco and is most beautiful and a tribute to the will of SF... More

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San Francisco
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Located within the city. The exhibits change from time to time and come from different Asian countries. It gives you a glimpse of the diversity of the city and appreciate art from Asian countries.

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San Francisco, California
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22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Beautiful building in Civic Center, filled with lots of sculptures from many countries; Japanese and Chinese screens; pots and rugs, etc., all well displayed and curated. Great gift shop, too!

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Portland, Maine
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The current exhibit on the Incense Routes as a window into the history and archaeology of Arabia, and its connections to other parts of the world, is spectacular: don't miss if you get the chance. Remainder of the museum is very good, if a little old-fashioned in its presentation of Brundage collection artifacts.

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Mesa, Arizona
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is a great museum. You can easily spend 2 hours here, admiring the collections. They have a large collection of art from all over Asia - China, Japan, Thailand.

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Perth, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

A lot to see, and even parts of the buildings were artwork. (although that can be said for all of San Fran's buildings) Had a nice ambience. There was a lot of information about the works, and Asian culture and era's in general. It was a nice way to spend the morning, definitely worth a visit :)

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