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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 375 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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85 reviews 85 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The new show using pieces from MOMA was very interesting and informative. We enjoyed it and then explored the jade display, part of the regular museum pieces.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Beautiful building! Well done how they incorporated the old with new part. Staircase was worth the visit! Art was ok but have seen better. Thursday only $5 so worth the visit for the price.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

All around not bad. Coming from me, thats a good review. Make sure to take your time and browse. Parking is very convenient right below the museum, but a bit hard to navigate the entrance. Gps is not usedul to find it either.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The lead sentence of the description says it all: one of the great Asian museums of the world. It is truly glorious, with collections of paintings, carvings, sculptures from various Asian cultures. We particularly enjoyed the netsuke in the Japanese collection. We joined three tours, and were tremendously impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the docents. (They undergo three... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I was fortunate enough to catch this museum on a Sunday which happened to be a free admissions day but I would gladly have payed as it was a great museum. There was an extra exhibit called "Gorgeous" there and I decided I would breeze through it before the rest of the museum as I was sure it would not... More

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Enjoyed the Gorgeous exhibit. Jeff Koon's MJ and Bubbles really was very cool. Some other good pieces as well. We toured the various galleries.....lots of great art, carvings, sculptures but after a couple of hours I was overloaded with them. But worthwhile and my fav perhaps was the display case of puppets......................

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The museum's permanent collection is wonderful. I was disappointed that most of the Chinese paintings were moved for a rather indifferent show of modern chinese scrolls. The Mandala was so so. The main show "Gorgeous" had some nice Asian pieces but the "modern" stuff is not my taste, especially the life-size ceramic of Michael Jackson with his monkey.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Lots of artifacts and many sculptures if you want to learn about Asian culture and history. It’s more about history and less about the art (smaller collection of paintings.) The exhibitions were quite packed with so much to display.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We loved the Asian Art Museum, every floor had unique pieces and the layout of the museum is fabulous, the quality of the exhibits is wonderful. We were there during America's Cup and got to see the exhibit on the Japanese screens-just amazing. I can't wait to go back.

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Ojo Caliente, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This gem is not high of the masses of tourists' agendas, especially if you arrive around opening time. The structure itself is a beautiful, bright piece of architecture. 3 floors of fantastic asian antiquities across Japan, India, China, Cambodia, Thailand and Burma. Highly recommend to take one of the ongoing free tours from the docents who are clearly in love... More

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