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Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, United States
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    Keane
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    5 Jun 01, 2014

    For a long time, Asian art really didn't interest me. It wasn't until I came here alone on my birthday once—my daytime gift to myself—for the Shanghai exhibit did I really learn to appreciate it.

    The museum is partitioned by countries, so you get a good feel for the history of each region. It's rarely crowded, even on free days, so it's a great place to visit, learn and relax. This is appropriate since most Asian cultures value meditation and serenity.

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    Matthew Crompton
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    5 Jul 23, 2014

    SF's premiere Asian art museum, and one of the top Asian art museums in the world, it's easily reached from the UN/Civic Center BART stop. Their South- and South-East Asian sculpture collection is fantastic, as is their Himalayan art collection. The surrounding Tenderloin neighborhood can be a bit dodgy, so if you're squeamish, consider BARTing it rather than walking up Market Street.

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    5 Jul 22, 2013

    San Francisco has a long history with Asia. On the West Coast, San Francisco has a direct line across the Pacific Ocean to Asia, and about one third of the city's residents have Asian heritage. Which certainly has helped create one of the best Asian art museums in the world. The permanent collection spans 6000 years and explores the continent from Turkey to the Philippines, and traveling exhibits have included everything from Bhutanese monks creating in-person mandalas to the terra cotta warriors of Xi'an.

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    Rhicky Roque
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    For a long time, Asian art really didn't interest me. It wasn't until I came here alone on my birthday once—my daytime gift to myself—for the Shanghai exhibit did I really learn to appreciate it.
    The museum is partitioned by countries, so you get a good feel for the history of each region. It's rarely crowded, even on free days, so it's a great place to visit, learn and relax. This is appropriate since most Asian cultures value meditation and serenity.

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    4 Nov 14, 2012

    Excellent place to learn more about Asian culture and history. It is rich in it's artifacts and has plenty of stories to go along with them. I've been here several times for both enjoyment and when the SFAAFF have their gala. It's very spacious and always suggest this museum to visitors!

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    Alea G.
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    This museum is huge and hosts an incredibly impressive collection of Asian Art. They also have some great temporary exhibits and some interactive experiences for younger people. It's well organized and generally a lot of fun. The guides will walk you through all of the exhibits and explain the history of the art you're looking at.

    The price for admission really isn't that high, but if you're in the area on the first Sunday of the month, you can get free admission. You'll often have to pay more for the temporary exhibits, but it's really not that much.

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    5 Oct 15, 2013

    This museum is a really thoughtful and beautiful presentation of a wide variety of Asian art. It's truly a pleasant place to visit in a lovely building. And it's right at the Civic Center Bart stop. I don't go as often as I would like. They also have great temporary exhibitions and an outstanding permanent collection. There's a quietness with space for contemplation.

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    Laurel W
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    3 Aug 15, 2013

    The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco has a comprehensive collection of Asian art from all the major countries dating back thousands of years. The museum is in a former library across from City Hall and the building itself is beautiful to look at.

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    5 Oct 19, 2013

    An astounding collection of Asian art lavishly spread across two upper floors of galleries. In a reversal of most museum collections I've seen in California, there's most Southeast Asian, Indian and Himalayan art than pieces from Northeast Asia, though the China collections are strong. Download the museum's free mobile app before you go, then bring a pair of earbuds and listen to the free curated audio tour as you make your way around.

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    Mel S Wong
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    5 Apr 21, 2013

    What was the grand SF main public library years ago is now the grand Asian Art Museum in SF's Civic Center. The AAM's permanent collection include works of art, religious relics, and intricate crafts from many cultures in Asia. Special exhibits are currated from time to time. The musuem building itself is a work of art!

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    5 Jul 24, 2014

    Mainly gonna review the Gorgeous exhibit, which will only be around for the summer. Its combination of SFMOMA and AAM pieces, with lively commentary by the curators, was entertaining, varied, and definitely lived up to its name.

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    Todd C
    4 Jun 17, 2014

    The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian Art.

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    Heather Scott
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    5 Mar 30, 2014

    I could spend days in this museum and still not have seen everything. It's definitely one of those places I'd recommend taking time and looking at all the details of the art.

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    3 Nov 16, 2013

    I didn't really go to the Asian Art Museum, but the huge Asian sculpture right in front of it is pretty impressive by itself. If you don't have time to go to the museum, make some time to see the sculpture.

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    Ryan Fung
    5 Sep 21, 2012

    It's right across from City Hall. I've been to a Samurai exhibit. It also hosts various community events. For example, the opening night gala of the San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival takes place here.

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    Karen Kitchen
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Having been here twice, I never had a chance to see everything. Beautiful pieces worth taking your time to see. A Must See during your visit to the area. Be sure to follow the museums rules about camera please!

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    Margaret Seelie
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Be sure to check out the show at The Asian Art Museum when you're in town. They are innovative, creative, and often beautifully curated. Their permanent collection is exquisit as well.

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    Alex L
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    So, I know this isn't exactly the most objective review ever, but every time I go to the Asian Art Museum, I have an amazing time. I'm so sad they don't do their Art After Dark events anymore (so fun; please leave a comment here if they ever start them up again so I know!), but I've enjoyed every daytime visit here, even when it was just to meet a friend for tea in their cafe.

    I always come here for a visiting exhibit (art from the monks of Bhutan, etc), but even the permanent collection is fantastic. 'New' items are post-1500s AD. The rooms are divided into seven geographic zones and include western Asia -- Stans, Persia, etc. Because of this museum, I've developed a deeper appreciation for Asian art. Which is really cool.

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    Eric Chan
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Lots of exhibits in a building to suit. Very dramatic beaux-arts building with some modern touches and a dramatic staircase.

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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    This museum offers free entry first Sunday of each month so their special Lord of Samurai exhibit was only $5. I got there around 11am and was almost discouraged by the long line. I am glad I didn't because the line moved pretty fast. The wait was at most 10-15 minutes.

    The first floor Samurai exhibit was pretty crowded but that is expected. The sword, the armor suits, the calligraphy and art works are all amazing. I am surprised at how new everything seems like. The highlight of the day is when we spotted a modern day samurai - a middle age guy having the entrance sticker glued on his forehead, wearing a warrior helmet (imagine black plastic cap with antenna) and a colorful Spongebob cape (skillfully converted from a beach towel).

    I enjoyed their regular Asian art display. It will probably take a good 4-5 hours to go through their entire collection even for the most efficient museum goers. I will be coming back again on a less crowded day or for their nighttime event.

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The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco has one of the most extensive collections of Asian art in the world, making it a must-see stop for art enthusiasts. Housed in the former San Francisco city library, the museum is home to over 17,000 pieces of work spanning a period of 6,000 years. The collection galleries are grouped into various regions - China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Persia and The ... read more
Himalayas, among others - while temporary exhibitions display jewels, prints, ritual performance pieces and more that explain the dynamic cultures behind each showcase.

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