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Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

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Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Visit a mainstay of downtown San Francisco, Asian Art Museum, to see one of the most extensive displays dedicated to the region in the world, with nearly 18,000 different objects and works of art. The museum's collections are divided up into different themed sections, including South Asia, West Asia, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and more. Some of the artifacts are more than 5,000 years old and document the trends and development of Asian art throughout human history. Get an introduction to the museum's exhibits by joining in on a free guided tour, offered daily. The onsite cafe has both traditional and New Age Asian specialties. To visit Asian Art Museum on your holiday in San Francisco, and find out what else San Francisco has to offer, use our San Francisco.
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  • Took my out of town. guest it waling distance from Civic Center Bart. I love this place look for the SF resident-free day monthly. The staff was helpful and Kind!  more »
  • We were just there for an exhibit and still love this museum. It's in a great location, so you can see other buildings such as City Hall & Civic Center Plaza. Since " Asian" spans so many...  more »
  • If you only have time for one art museum in San Francisco, choose this one! I'm not aware of anywhere else in the US that has the range and depth of Asian art on display in this institution. Even though one of the three floors is currently closed for remodeling, there is still plenty to see. I highly recommend taking a docent-led tour. Ours was one of the best that I had ever taken at a museum. The theme of the tour was representations of Buddha and how they had varied across time periods and regions. What made the tour excellent was that the tour was a mixed group of people from Western backgrounds, India, and China. The docent got the tour participants to share their perceptions on the different images of Buddha. This tour went deeply into the cultural perspectives on the works that we viewed--very impressive!
  • Wonderful place to view. Asian art culture will impress you that much. Famous Chinese Artists works arranged nicely. Museum is well kept. Clean and tidy place. Guided tours are also available.

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