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“A massive and interesting museum”
Review of Asian Art Museum

Asian Art Museum
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Owner description: 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.
Portland, Oregon
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240 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“A massive and interesting museum”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

This is a stunning museum. Each of the rooms focuses on the art of a different country or period of Asian Art. While I was visiting, a dance troop was performing in the courtyard area. The building itself isn’t Asian styled; it’s made up of marble columns. It’s seems that it may have originally been built as a library or government building. The café is a serene spot to have a cup of tea and rest while exploring the museum. I could easily spend an entire afternoon here.

Visited February 2012
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Edgewater, Maryland
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70 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A fine museum”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

Laid out well, explanations as well as a complimentary audio program, nice gift shop and a great, clean, pleasant restaurant inside I would go to again. The chinese food was much better than in Chinatown.

Visited September 2012
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Hayward, California
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58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Not as impressive as I expected”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

We took a tour and found the tour guide overbearing and nearly rude - very abrasive. I was glad I went for the few things that I enjoyed but as I said, I expected more.

Visited May 2012
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Huntsville, Alabama
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35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Impressive Museum”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

Clean, bright, pretty museum with beautiful exhibits from antiquity to modern day. Everything was accompanied with plenty of explanations, which we appreciated since we are not very familiar with Hinduism and Buddism. Those religions influenced many of the works in there, and knowing some of the background made the museum experience richer.

Two hours is enough to admire everything, but if you want to read a lot of the accompanying placards or really study the art, budget more time.

Visited September 2012
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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381 reviews
276 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
“A wonderful cultural experience of the East”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

This museum sits opposite the City Hall with a wide open square in front of it. The open top bus stops outside and the trams are only a short walk away. It was not crowded although there were plenty of people visiting and there was seating in the galleries to rest one's weary bones as museums can be tiring. We did what was suggested and started on the upper floor - Indian and Pakistan cultures.
There are both lifts and escalators serving the museum as well as toilets on each floor. After going round the upper floor, we took a break and had lunch in the cafe. The food was excellent and service too was attentive with tables being cleared as soon as one finished so that it was always immaculate. Next on to the lower floor with more treasures to explore culminating in a Japanese tea room replica. Finally, after being educated in all asian art and crafts, we visited the shop on the ground floor for a good guide book and postcards to remember our visit. They also sell many objects but we were mindful that we had to catch a plane and therefore could not carry a lot. If we lived in San Francisco we would return but because we live so far away and had only a week to see the city, we had to cram in our visit in a day resulting in cultural overload. I have been in bigger museums and one can at least comfortably get round this one and see most things easily. I had much pleasure in touring this wonderful museum and felt it was peaceful as well.

Visited September 2012
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