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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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Best Museum in SF

Only Michelin 5 Star Museum in SF. The architecture is as impressiveness as the art, which can feel a bit repetitive for the uninitiated (Buddha after Buddha after Buddha); Try... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Only Michelin 5 Star Museum in SF. The architecture is as impressiveness as the art, which can feel a bit repetitive for the uninitiated (Buddha after Buddha after Buddha); Try and catch a special exhibition -- both scholarly and mass appeal interpretation is exceptionally good!

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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This museum has a great collection of Asian Art in a fabulous venue. The guide was very knowledgeable. The Hindu and Chinese collection were extraordinary. The Japanese and Korean collections were noteworthy as well.

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Kenwood, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a fabulous museum even if you think you don't like Asian history. It is housed in the old library building which is a treat in itself.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Do you like Korean? Japanese? Chinese? Indonesian? Turkish? Whatever flavor of Asian art and artifacts you like, you should be able to find it here. They have one of the nicest collections of netsukes I've seen, which completely sucked away the time I had. Their textiles, pottery, carvings and, well, everything I saw was well worth the time and enhanced... More 

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County Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Well you pass this very beautiful building on your way through the market at Civic Center on Market St on your way to City Hall. It was one of the days there was no charge so we took the offer up, we enjoyed it it was interesting.

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We came around august and there was the Korean celebration which gave us free access to the museum, live performances and lunch. It is an amazing museum with so much to see! The very top floor was our favourite, with beautiful statues, each with such a story of where they were found or came from. When we looked behind some... More 

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San Mateo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Was there again this week. The permanent collection is simply amazing for America, with artifacts from every Asian country. I was somewhat surprised by the current special exhibit, 28 Chinese, that consists of more recent Chinese art that is part of the Rubell collection. It was interesting, but not worth a special trip just to see that exhibit. It is... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

always an amazing collection of interesting artifacts. Plan to spend at least 3 or 4 hours at this great museum, and also, plan the current shows.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The permanent collection is interesting but not super exciting. For me, a potter, was a delight to go thru a series of good examples of the traditional clay work. I have not been lately to the museum, but had guests who visited yesterday the exhibition with contemporary Asian artists and said it was a tremendous curatorial job of matching ancient... More 

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TIm H, Public Relations Manager at Asian Art Museum, responded to this review

Hi Fkrasil- We greatly appreciate your visit and insight. We hope you can join us soon for our upcoming special contemporary exhibition "First Look" opening September 4th! More 

Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

When I entered, there is a huge display of Chinese modern art. I spent an hour perusing uninspiring such things as a 45-foot “tube” made from a gazillion folded sheets of Chinese calligraphy paper (presumably rice paper), and composite photographs in the Andy Warhol influence. Yawn! Taking the escalator to the second floor is a time machine taking visitors back... More 

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TIm H, Public Relations Manager at Asian Art Museum, responded to this review

Hi DeanMurphy2020- Thank you for reviewing our museum. We do have a large collection with many special exhibits and appreciate your visits! More 

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