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Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Civic Center)
415 581 3500
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Ranked #18 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

There's no ducking into this museum for a quick look-see. Once you pay up your $10 or $12 you get your money's worth and then some. Korean screens, Japanese wood-block prints, tea ceremony paraphernalia, modern and ancient ceramics, netsukes, Persian pottery - the treasures go on and on. For me the highlight was the clear exposition of the different areas... More

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Well signposted and we spent a few hours in wonderment at the collection - not enough time to see everything. Good cafe.

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Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We went on Korea Day which was free admission. All the museums seem to have a day with free admission so you can plan your trip accordingly. We thought the museum was a good size for half a day visit and I enjoyed the Gorgeous exhibition (in collab with San Fran MoMA). The cafe had a great menu, nice Asian... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Whether a newcomer to an expert you will leave with an appreciation and admiration for Asian Art. It was beautifully displayed and the written texts were readable and most informative. Do not miss it. Other SF art museums we're similar to those fine museums of other cities. This one is outstanding.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

An absolutely lovely experience visiting this museum. The displays are delicate, elegant and well presented and takes you all over Asia. Very educational. The marriage of new and old architecture is very successful and makes you want to spend hours in this stunning building. Some may want to spend the whole day but up to three hours is great! First... More

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Makati, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Impressive displays of Oriental works especially of Chinese works - vases from different dynasties, ornate costumes and the like. With the huge population of Asian-Americanss in the city, the museum has a great patronage.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

All the arts are so beautiful. Its a must see when visiting San Francisco. Family fun! We will take our grand twins when they are old enough to travel here.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The museum is excellent, has a nice collection, and really interesting special exhibits. The building itself is pretty spectacular as well. The neighborhood has the symphony, City Hall, and the library - plenty to keep you busy.

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sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I visited this gallery i August and it was exceptional. I really enjoyed the GORGEOUS exhibition, the cafe, the exhibits in general and the live music that was playing.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Checking out the architecture alone is worth a visit. The building is absolutely stunning with a elegant feel ( friends have had weddings at this museum). They have had some great exhibitions in the past, although in the more recent past, I have been underwhelmed by several of the exhibits. That said, with the large asian population here in the... More

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