The Asia Society Texas Center has recently opened and we had a chance to tour it with a group of friends. Parking is ample and directly across the street but we walked to it so I do not know if it is free or not. The building is attractive in the day and absolutely gorgeous at night. Many Many millions of dollars went into it and it shows. It has several levels and each has high ceilings to allow the display of various kinds of art. We were met at the door by a docent and he guided us through the entire building pausing at each of the displays to discuss it and take questions. The auditorium is unbelievably beautiful and carefully laid out to assure unimpeded views and excellent accoustics from back to front. There is a small snack bar and seating area in one corner and stairs to the second level where there is a large banquet hall that was being set up for a wedding reception on the day that we were there. Around a corner are separate smaller rooms with artifacts from different areas of asia with cards describing what part of asia and approximate age of the various items. There is also a audio tour available since several items had notes attached giving directions for the audio for those particular items. The entire space is just a feast for the senses and around every corner is something eye catching and/or thought provoking. There is a fee for attendance and memberships are available for reasonable prices. This would NOT be a place that children would enjoy. It is a quiet and contemplative space that really needs to be experienced at leisure. Allow yourself at least a couple of hours and don't be surprised if that is not enough.
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