I hopped off the sightseeing bus, planning to spend an hour on the special exhibit of Qin dynasty terracotta warriors from China, and wound up spending the whole afternoon. Even so, I just managed to skim two of the museum's three floors. The collection is different in tone and emphasis from the east coast museums that I'm used to, and the way the objects are displayed shows imagination as well as a good sense of what the average human perceives as a comfortable space to move and/or linger in. The museum is quite big, but doesn't feel like it, and so is much more people-friendly than, say, the New York Met and the Chicago Art Institute. At most other museums, I am eager to leave as soon as I've looked at the particular exhibit I'm interested in, but I stayed as long as I could at the Asian Art Museum. If I were a little kid, I would say that the museum is neat, and they have cute stuff.
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