Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum
4.5
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Civic Center
Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
How to get there
  • Civic Center • 3 min walk
  • Civic Center • 4 min walk
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4.5
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA631 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This museum has a vast, comprehensive collection of Asian art spanning thousands of years and nearly every artistic medium. I really enjoyed the South Asian galleries as well as the different representations of the Buddha from across Asia.

It is recommended to book timed tickets in advance, but I was able to walk in on a Saturday afternoon. I took two hours to peruse the main galleries, but could have easily stayed longer if I had more time. A real treasure of San Francisco!
Written March 28, 2022
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TravelingSwan
Concord, CA58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Definitely worth a stop if you have the time. I spent almost 5v hours here and I still didn’t see everything. I love that they have a coat check so I didn’t have to walk around with my motorcycle helmet the whole time. The displays change and new things are always coming in. The museum is clean and pretty quiet. TH e-gift shop has a number of very unique things although a bit pricey. I hope to return again to see their new exhibits.
Written April 13, 2021
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Debs13
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Asian Art Museum has an absolutely hands down brilliant collection of Asian art. I plan on revisiting it every time I'm in SF. It's not a crowded museum but has thoughtful placements. The exhibition "Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment" was so interesting as it was based on the history of the mandela., and, was conveyed through the museum floor plan. A must-see. Afterwards, have a cup of green tea and the garlic noodles in its cafe. Wind down and center yourself.
Written March 3, 2020
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scpat2015
Greenville, SC118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Great Museum even for kids! The first Sunday of the month is FREE! The food in the cafe is good and the gift shop is extensive! Now for the tips: I observed a wonderful art class for children and schedules for future ones. Check them out. The other amazing interactive activity for kids of all ages was a digital aquarium where you are given paper with an outline of an aquatic animal to color and then your art piece is scanned and appears floating on the wall. Beyond fun and amazing to see this!! We took a free tour of the architectural history of the building that was fascinating. There are videos explaining some objects. But my favorite was how to dress an elephant! This museum is good even if you know nothing about Asian Art. You will enjoy it!
Written March 1, 2020
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Arun K
Nagpur District, India3,374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
The museum, which specialises in Asian history & culture has brilliant collection of Asian art.
There are thoughtful placements from various countries of Asia say China, Japan, Korea , India, Indonesia etc . Whenever we visit San Francisco, feel like visiting this place as it gives us immense pleasure.
Along with art galleries, the three floor museum has awesome amenities like cafe , shop/ boutique, children learning center, education center etc.
A worth visiting place to see Chinese, Japanese & Indian ancient arts.
The admission to museum is free on first Sunday of every month.
The front bench & staff is very cooperative.
Written August 19, 2022
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1,363 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Having explored several times this important Asian Art Museum this last visit was a disappointment as a substantial number of halls were under noisy construction/renovation.
It appears that the Japanese section was mostly off limits.
Temporary exhibition of a local modern artist was limited and average.
The main temporary show did not appeal to us as we had seen the artist elsewhere and the admission price appeared excessive.
Written November 28, 2023
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ashie b
Richmond, VA388 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The museum is organized and easy to walk through. The interactive exhibit was really cool, we stayed there for a half hour alone. We were a bit disappointed that so much of the museum was blocked off for constructing the new exhibit, but what was left was very well put together and laid out. I wish I could've stayed longer to read everything.
Written August 16, 2021
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Terri J
Oakland, CA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This is a fantastic, world class museum. Start at the top of the escalator and work your way down. The cafe offers a get place to grab a meal. And the Gift Shop although expensive has wonderful books, jewelry, and other souvenirs. If you do not have any background in Asian Art, I would recommend a tour.
Written February 14, 2021
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El Turista John
New York City, NY5,191 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
Spanning some 6,000 years and multiple/diverse cultures, the Asian Art Museum is filled with stunning masterpieces. I had a really enjoyable time walking through the collection and learning about the pieces. This is certainly one of the best Asian art collections in the country.
Written November 20, 2021
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bcheong
Shanghai, China46,582 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Arrived SF last night and lucky to still get timed tickets for the Murakami exhibition today. I think the Yayoi exhibition at SFMOMA is booked solid weeks ahead

Very good exhibition as i’m a fan. Monsterisation theme with Ego, NFT etc. pieces

9/10 for murakami alone, didn’t visit the other galleries
Written December 24, 2023
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