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nice place to visit

If you like Asian art, this is a good place to visit, although the Indian holdings are not better... read more

Reviewed August 20, 2018
haohuangpianist
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Claremont, California
Delightful Asian Gallery

A small gallery offering some wonderful artifacts from south east asia, the pacific islands, the... read more

Reviewed March 25, 2018
Z3209AAbrunos
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed September 10, 2018

Along with The Norton Simon Museum and the soon to close its doors Pasadena Museum of California Art this small museum ...housed in a replica of a 19th century Mandarin's house ... lifts Pasadena into not only its fame as the "Rose City" but into contention with other major metropolitan venues as Manhattan, Chicago and San Francisco.

A stunning and well curated collection of arts from the greater Pacific Asia basin, the Museum invites one to stop
at the outset in a cool and quiet courtyard, handsomely landscaped and with a soothing waterfall and fish pond.
One exits back out through the same, having slowly passed through interior galleries of first quality works from China, Japan, Korea and the arc of Southeast Asia.

The Museum gift shop ... virtually a small museum in its own right ... is so absorbing and tempting in its works for sale that many times the Museum itself goes put off to another day, while one's wallet or purse takes a vacation
level beating.

The gift shop is headed by the extremely knowledgeable Tai Ling Wong, who with Gretchen her long time assistant guides you from one selection to another, spanning the range from small gifts at a modest price to works costing several thousands of dollars.

Go. And when you are done, continue the them around the corner on Colorado Boulevard at Clarence Wong''s
extraordinary "Japon Bistro" for some excellent sushi and a wide range of first class sake.

Ding Hao !! Kampai !! and Gan Bai !!

Thank BULLDOG742014
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Reviewed August 24, 2018

Interesting collection of changing exhibits of art from Asian countries in a 2 story courtyard building.

Thank jamesv8
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

If you like Asian art, this is a good place to visit, although the Indian holdings are not better than the Norton Simon nearby. Still, well worth a visit to check things out.

Thank haohuangpianist
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Reviewed August 9, 2018

A small museum with well described items clearly divided into multiple sections: Japan, China, Korea, India, Pacific Islands etc. I actually enjoyed what I think was an area dedicated to the kids most of all, “The Silk Road”. I learned so much about the Silk Road which was an unexpected bonus! I was disappointed that three of the rooms and the gift shop were under renovation. Parking was free.

Thank sazoram
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Reviewed May 23, 2018

I have been a member for many years but this was my first visit since a year and a half long restoration. While we are members, we came on free Sunday just because it fit our schedule. It was not crowded and we enjoyed our visit.

The building looks the same as before the restoration with the Asian architectural decorative features. There were no fish in the pond as there once were.

Inside, the entire space has been updated. While the gallery spaces are about the same, all of the exhibits have been updated. The galleries seem better organized geographically and seemed more diverse. The last gallery was on Mexican art, but inspired by Asian art. The art is as you would expect, sculptures, paintings, small objects.

The museum offers special programs.

Thank Kenneth L
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Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

A small gallery offering some wonderful artifacts from south east asia, the pacific islands, the Himalayas and a silk road exhibit.
The building has the look of a Chinese Imperial palace and has a beautiful courtyard and pond.
Renovations seem to be ongoing and it currently lacks a gift shop.
Recommended

1  Thank Z3209AAbrunos
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Reviewed February 28, 2018

We had a few hours to spare so we decided to visit this museum. Its right in the Colorado Blvd area. The museum outlined the history of the different Chinese dynasties. But it is not limited to Asia. There was a special exhibition on Mexican artists. Well worth your time. Note-there is ample free parking next to the museum.

Thank DMUH
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

This is a small museum of Asian history, concentrating on religious artifacts of Asian regions. It's mainly of interest to people who have traveled to these areas and have some familiarity with the people and the places of Asia; we found several things in the Museum that brought back memories of our visits to the area, and instilled a desire to learn more!

Thank DonaldYokum
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Reviewed September 22, 2017

This is a super good museum for Asian art. Art from all over the Asian countries. Currently there's a massive renovation going on in this museum. Imagine a super good museum becoming even better great excellent.

Thank PilotMichael
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Reviewed July 9, 2017

This is such an excellent place to go and get some quick culture for a date or even for a day to day thing. There is so much here that if you want a quick glance you can def so that or if you want to dig deeper you can to. My wife and I were very impressed.

Thank Goshen747
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