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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 376 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
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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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Arco
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81 reviews 81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I appreciated more the location than the collections. It is a niche museum, in a wonderful building. The area surrounding the building does not looks so safe...

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SEATTLE
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The shows are always very high quality and I enjoy this gift shop. Always find jewelry or small gifts here.

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Melbourne, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

If you're interested in Asian art, this is a must-see. Not a huge museum, but beautifully designed: simple, modern, spacious and serene. The layout can be a bit of a labyrinth, but that can be a bonus -- I found some fascinating exhibits on the way to the ones I was actually looking for! (And unlike some of the city's... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is a must visit when in San Francisco. Incredible diverse collection of Asian Art and the building is gorgeous. It was formally a library and they moved down the street to a larger building. The staircase and ceilings are fantastic. Great gift shop, too.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Top tip is to get there early, we arrived just before opening (10am) and pretty much had the place to ourselves for the first hour. Worth checking online for a voucher as we found one offering 20% off. Really good museum, especially as its not overly large and therefore you can have a good look round in a couple of... More

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Orange County, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is an excellent museum. We spent about two hours and were just able to see one floor! There is a lot of great information and the flow is done so well. You feel like you're in a journey through Asia across time. We really enjoyed this museum and will definitely be back to enjoy the second floor.

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San Francisco, California
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13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Although I went to see one exhibit in particular, there was so much else to see that I need to return several more times to see it all. Fantastic place, even if you didn't know you appreciate Asian art.

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Honolulu
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73 reviews 73 reviews
11 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This is a very beautiful space and easy to visit. The rooms are not overly large and a visit is manageable. We were disappointed that we missed the special exhibit by a week. The collections were not that interesting, except for the Chinese jade and pottery. The museum store was very disappointing. However, the cafe was pleasant with delicious offerings.... More

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Windsor, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
29 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Worth the cost and visit. Great staff clean and organized and the exhibits are always well put together.

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Omer
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

If you like art and crafts, and history, this is definitely a place for you. The collection is overwhelming, but manageable in a single visit. Thumbs up!

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