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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 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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San Marcos
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We go here every time we are in San Francisco. We don't even care how much it costs to park in the Civic Lot across the street. (Answer: lots and lots.) Even with the featured exhibit isn't something we care about, we know we will get lost for hours just getting to the featured exhibit because we are distracted by... More

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San Francisco, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Beautifully and thoughtfully displayed exhibits throughout the various galleries. Wonderful collections span early pieces through modern and contemporary art. Nice gift shop with a variety of priced pieces. Cafe is pleasant and food is nicely presented (cafeteria style). Near BART so easy access from other parts of the City. You could easily spend 2 hours or more depending on your... More

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Berkeley, California
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

There is a free admission day the first Sunday of each month! We went on a day they had a free concert of Balinese music, it was really great. They have a wonderful collection and you can easily spend a whole day here. However, you can probably hit the highlights in about 2 hours if you plan your visit well.... More

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Austin, TX
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Currently showing many pieces of modern art on loan from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Worth the visit and across from City Hall and Civic Center.

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Earth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Fantastic permanent collection of Asian art. Try the hourly guided tours or take a self-guided audio-tour. Allow at least 2 hours for the permanent collection. The special exhibition GORGEOUS is also a must-see until September. Highly recommended!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It's good if you want I know a lot bit more about this great culture. But I thought that it misses an important part which is the difference between each part of Asia. I mean: you see all the kinds of Buddhism in Asia, for example (India, Japan, China...) but there are no connection between them. For me, an ignorant... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Asian Art Museum has a top notch collection of art from all over Asia very well displayed in a series of rooms. Start at the top if you can and follow the flow down through the various floors. Even better are the visiting exhibits which have included a spectacular collection of clothing, armor, and other artifacts from a samurai... More

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Haute Savoie, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

You can spend a whole day here.There is also a nice cafe restaurant for lunch . Would certainly visit this place again if we come back to San Francisco.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

It is free on First sunday of the month. Best Asian Art museum in the US. Cheap parking across the museum on the square, or ride the transit. Spend atleast couple of hours and enjoy.

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Barcelona, Spain
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Excellent collection of fine asian arts from all asian countried. Well presented and explained. Good Museum shop. Centrally located. Take at pesat three hours to explore it. Good restaurant in the basement.

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