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Asian Art Museum

Art Museum
Civic Center, San Francisco
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  • Dora
    "free admission & family programs"(6 Tips)
    Paula J.
    "Maharaja Exhibit is great!"(3 Tips)
    Cleo Y.
    "Terracotta Warriors here until May 27th, 2013."(2 Tips)
    Allison K.
    "Good permanent collection, outstanding special exhibits."(4 Tips)
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  • Bình H.
    Bình HàOctober 30, 2016
    Great & thorough collection. I could've spent a day in there. Suprisingly have an item of Vietnam on the South East Asia department, which is the first time I ever saw one. Vast collection of China.
  • Russell Allen E.
    Russell Allen EsmusAugust 8, 2014
    I love that they offer a free day each month. With that said, their rotating featured collections are worth paying for. I like the miniatures also the pottery is beautiful.
  • Tom C.
    Tom CardenJune 14, 2012
    You don't need a museum ticket to eat here and the canteen-style cafe is tasty and affordable. Just ask for a sticker at the desk. That said, check out the collection at least once, it's fantastic!
  • Jen Q.
    Jen QMay 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    First free Sundays, huge museum. One of the best in the Bay Area, especially awesome if you're into the history of Eastern religions
  • Conner H.
    Conner HobsonMarch 4, 2016
    This is the most fully comprehensive museum I've been to, exhibiting art from China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Set aside over 2 hours if you want to see everything.
  • Oz L.
    Oz LublingJune 20, 2015
    The current exhibition of the Rubell collection is really fascinating. Go on Thursday after 5pm and get in for $5. Beautiful museum.
  • Wilson F.
    Wilson Favre-DelerueApril 12, 2016
    Gorgeous building, magnificent collection and exhibitions, super or helpful staff. A gem of a museum.
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongNovember 28, 2014
    Great way to educate yourself and enhance your knowledge on the history of fine arts. First Sunday of each month - free admission? Bonus points!
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonMay 24, 2016
    During your visit to the Asian Art Museum, be sure to visit The C. Laan Chun Library which houses one of the most comprehensive research libraries on Asian art and culture.
  • Ray H.
    Ray HartjenNovember 8, 2014
    Great exhibits, both permanent and visiting collections. Try the cafe at lunch and take a slow walk around afterwards.
  • Alan G.
    Alan GarciaOctober 6, 2013
    Looking for an an animated and engaging tour guide? Find and follow Barbara. I found her starting a tour at 1PM by the first Ganesh sculpture on a first free free Sunday.
  • Chanel A.
    Chanel AlexanderNovember 20, 2011
    Beautiful collections. Definitely worth checking out and don't forget to stop by their cafe. They have some really good lunch and dinner specials!
  • Patricia L.
    Patricia LeeJanuary 25
    The Korean section is my favorite and has beautiful pieces. I wish it was much bigger. Currently it occupies a single corridor.
  • Sergei P.
    Sergei PolikinJuly 22, 2014
    Wonderful exposition. Three floors. 1 floor: ancient&contemporary art exhibition Gorgeous, store, cafe. 2 floor: China,Korea,Japan art. 3 floor: China,Southeast Asia,Persian,Himalayas & Tibetian art
  • Richard C.
    Richard ChanMay 26, 2013
    This museum lets you get real intimate with the art. Photography is allowed.
  • Vivian L.
    Vivian LiSeptember 23, 2016
    I went in for the Imperial Treasures exhibit which unfortunately left September 18, 2016. It was an incredible treat and I can't wait to go back for more new exhibits.
  • Nicole A.
    Nicole AptekarSeptember 1, 2014
    The current exhibit, Gorgeous, is a good look at SFMOMA's collection, while the new building is being built!
  • Ting S.
    Ting SNovember 6, 2015
    A special Asian Musuem near City Hall. Check out both permanent and seasonal exhibitions. Really high standard.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Start in the 3rd-flr South Asia galleries + work down to the ground floor temporary exhibits. Tea ceremonies held 2x monthly. - Green Guide Editor
  • Charnell M.
    Charnell McQueenNovember 18, 2012
    Great Art district with many spectacular museums but its such a shame that the city is in poverty and in distress :/
  • Rhonda S.
    Rhonda ScharfSeptember 22, 2012
    Free on the first Sunday of each month. $12 other times - although gift shop entry is free!
  • Tammy Q.
    Tammy QuackenbushSeptember 23, 2012
    Try the Chicken Tenders - Nicely cooked with salad and side of spicy may for dipping. Yum!
  • Kim F.
    Kim FujiwaraMarch 26, 2013
    Try the Pastrami Salami Sandwich - Pastrami and salami with a roasted red pepper aioli
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CSeptember 9, 2014
    Free on 1st Sunday each month. Check out their 'Gorgeous' exhibit spanning multiple eras, cultures and genres.
  • Michael
    MichaelJuly 9, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    I love working here! I'm learning so much about the Asian culture. I wish more people would take the time to learn about everyones culture. It would erase a lot of negativity in the world. But I love
  • MuseumNerd
    MuseumNerdAugust 19, 2011
    Pause for a moment to contemplate in the contemplative cove in the Japanese galleries. The Izumi Masatoshi "Basin" fountain, like @metmuseum's Noguchi makes moving water look still.
  • Westfield S.
    Join us at Westfield San Francisco Centre as we celebrate the Chinese New Year with Asian Art Museum Partnership, Bloomingdale's Trend Shop and M.Y. China! Get all the details here: Read more
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MackayAugust 16, 2013
    Larry Ellison personal collection is a must during the America's Cup 2013. #spectacular #artwork
  • Alex R.
    Alex RiglerAugust 9, 2015
    Loads of awesome exhibitions and opens late with events on Thursdays!
  • Runqiu C.
    Runqiu CaiSeptember 8, 2014
    Free admission first Sunday of the month. Has a new exhibit called "Gorgeous" which features modern art.
  • Serena O.
    Serena OlsenJune 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Celebrate Pride with Asian Art! Only $5 admission, AC, & clean bathrooms, not to mention all the awesome art!
  • Helio M.
    There is a day per month with free fare. Try once return always
  • Diem L.
    Diem LeOctober 6, 2009
    ASIAN ART MUSEUM: TARGET FIRST FREE SUNDAYSFree general admission on the first Sunday of every month and the family programs offered on that day—is made possible by Target. Admission is granted on
  • Jenny N.
    Jenny NMay 17, 2014
    The free docent tours are wonderful and highly informative.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicDecember 31, 2015
    Good permanent collection, outstanding special exhibits.
  • Felipe C.
    Felipe C.September 4, 2013
    The Southeast Asian wing is fantastic, a must see.
  • AsianWeek Foundation
    Free admission to the Asian Art Museum on Saturday, May 19th, courtesy of Target! and hosted in conjunction with the Asian Heritage Street Celebration - http://www.asianfairsf.com
  • Monica K.
    Monica KumarJanuary 6
    Took the free tour of the Rama Epic Exhibition and it was very informative!
  • Julie A.
    Julie AvraJune 15
    Beautiful building, so much to see so plan to spend time
  • Karen T.
    Karen ToboSeptember 17, 2016
    Thursday evenings for $5 are such a bargain!
  • Camila M.
    Camila McHughSeptember 11, 2015
    Hughen/starkweather's Re:depiction exhibit is provocative and beautiful.
  • Patricia
    PatriciaAugust 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Phantoms of Asia exhibit is AMAZING!
  • AJ L.
    AJ LJanuary 18, 2016
    Get your complimentary tickets on SF Library Discover and Go!
  • Chris P.
    Chris PetersonSeptember 28, 2014
    Thankfully the drug dealers and users that hang out adjacent are non-violent.
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissOctober 6
    Free admission, the first Sunday of the month.
  • Amina
    AminaOctober 21, 2009
    The docents give detailed, interesting tours for free, and the cafe has a good selection of loose leaf teas to try out!
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzMarch 9, 2015
    $5 on Thursdays and open late! Seduction exhibition is very interesting
  • Shri c.
    Shri colJanuary 8
    Special collections always worth it
  • Leland W.
    Leland WongOctober 9, 2014
    Free on the first Sunday of each month... Why pay?
  • Douglas G.
    Douglas GrayNovember 29, 2014
    The current rotating exhibit is Roads to Arabia. It will be on display till Jan 18, 2015.
  • Hard R.
    Hard RockerNovember 29, 2014
    Great exhibit of Asian artwork.
  • Phil A.
    Phil AucuttOctober 28, 2013
    The Korean Art exhibit going on now through January 12, 2014 is pretty amazing, and worth the admission.
  • andrea w.
    andrea wilsonMarch 12, 2016
    Interactive aspects are cool and rare for Asian Art Museums which typically use traditional methods to feature ancient art. Free community days are awesome since adult admission is usually $25 each.
    Downvoted Sep 28
  • Mex T.
    Mex TapeFebruary 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Pay as you wait at the cafe... They would take your food to the table...
  • Yoya A.
    Yoya AlfaroJanuary 11, 2016
    Even the restaurant is good
  • Prateek R.
    Prateek RungtaFebruary 16, 2015
    The cafe is OKish. The exhibits tho ..
  • Ben L.
    Ben LeongSeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    1st Sundays are Free and Cafe Asia has yummy daily specials.
  • Rachelle C.
    Rachelle CMay 7, 2010
    Asian art museum cafe is a hidden gem. I like the chicken curry.
  • Cleo Y.
    Cleo YoungMarch 27, 2013
    Terracotta Warriors here until May 27th, 2013. Must see!
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    The museum offers free admission & family programs the 1st Sun of every month. Score!Powered by ParentsConnect.com Read more
  • Alexandra K.
    Alexandra KeninMarch 27, 2012
    $2 off Maharaja exhibit with foursquare check in.
  • Fedra Y.
    Fedra YAugust 31, 2013
    Cyrus the great exhibit. Must see
  • Dor L.
    Dor LeviApril 22, 2015
    Great rotating exhibits
  • John G.
    John GottsDecember 11, 2009
    This place is well-worth seeing. Absolutely a beautiful collection of Asian treasures.
  • Ruddha C.
    Ruddha CASeptember 10, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Beautiful museum with new art pieces...
  • Ali T.
    Ali ThanawallaDecember 28, 2011
    Check out the Maharaja Exhibit. I think it's still there!
  • Mark T.
    Mark ThompsonAugust 24, 2014
    Get there for the free Sunday!
  • Bobby-Mary O.
    Bobby-Mary OlginMarch 26, 2013
    Terra Cotta Warriors were amazing!!!
  • Kelly H.
    Kelly HerreraMay 27, 2016
    Holy Mother of pearl!
  • Vitalii L.
    Vitalii LevetsApril 6, 2015
    Amazing pieces of history.
  • Marita R.
    Marita RoebkesFebruary 21, 2013
    on my calendar for the weekend - exhibition China's Terracotta Warriors Read more
  • Cynthia 🌙 Goddess
    Absolutely my favorite SF museum
  • Serena O.
    Serena OlsenSeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Maharaja special exhibit opens 10/21/11!
  • Jesse
    JesseMarch 4, 2016
    Wonderful exhibits
  • Paula J.
    Paula JonesApril 5, 2012
    Maharaja Exhibit is great!
  • Serena O.
    Serena OlsenJune 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Pride Day admission special! Only $5 and includes Bali special exhibit!
  • Serena P.
    Serena PerfettoMay 16, 2014
    Exhibition: "Yoga, the art of transformation"
  • Femia D.
    Femia DjohanJune 6, 2011
    Performance of Bamboo, Music & Dance of Bali Exhibition w/ Ade & Wenny
  • Napoleon
    NapoleonApril 11, 2010
    No photos in the special exhibits (first floor). Photos are allowed on the 2nd and 3rd floor, but NO FLASH. Also, no tripods, no video. Read more
  • Ruddha C.
    Ruddha CAFebruary 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Bali now on view.Come on in.See something new.
  • Craig C.
    Craig CopelanJune 19, 2014
    Great dim sum...
  • Matthew N.
    Matthew NelsonApril 4, 2010
    Go on the first Sunday of the month for free admission.
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 16, 2010
    This is an official Nickelodeon Parents' Picks Award Nominee!Powered by ParentsConnect.com
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰November 6, 2011
    Free first Sunday every month
  • Ruddha C.
    Ruddha CADecember 22, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    New art on display...
  • Paola B.
    Paola BilliAugust 9, 2012
    Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy October 5, 2012–January 13, 2013
  • Husain K.
    Husain KurwaMarch 11, 2011
    Asian American film festival party!
  • Vipin
    VipinJanuary 27, 2016
    Buddha and Ganeshas
  • Allison
    AllisonOctober 24, 2010
    Check out the Japanese screen exhibit
  • Juan C.
    Juan CardenasMarch 6, 2013
    Culturally, no "Asia" exist
  • Ruddha C.
    Ruddha CADecember 9, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Absolute , fine art...
  • Ruddha C.
    Ruddha CADecember 14, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Art of Asia...
  • Scott M.
    Scott MooreMarch 7, 2010
    See "Shanghai" at the Asian Art Museum (Thurs. nights)
  • Scott M.
    Scott MooreMarch 7, 2010
    See "Shanghai" on a Thursday night
  • Gabrielle M.
    Gabrielle MorabitoSeptember 6, 2009
    Asian art museum
  • Randy B.
    Randy BreenAugust 29, 2009
    Go to liado demonstration this weekend
  • Armando M.
    Me encanto cada una de las Salas y la presentación de las diferentes culturas así como la estructura del Museo es interesante, desde el Recomiendo Visítalo cuando estés en San Francisco !!!
  • Armando M.
    Extraordinario museo con toda la Historia de la cultura Asiática !! Lleno de información y cultura que vale la pena ir !! Un día diferente !!
  • Fabrice E.
    Fabrice ElustondoApril 13, 2015
    Une trés belle collection ! A découvrir!
  • Juli R.
    Juli RybakovaAugust 20, 2015
    Прекрасная коллекция древнего искусства на втором этаже, сменные экспозиции - на первом.
  • Esra Ö.
    Esra Ö.February 5, 2015
    Japon,Kore,Çin tarihinin bir kısmını görme ihtimalini yüksek 👍
  • Sam S.
    Sam SaichamniJuly 29, 2012
    กระเจี๊ยบ มีวิตามินเอสูง ช่วยบำรุงสายตา แคลเซียมช่วยบำรุงกระดูก-ฟัน
  • Cristyam O.
    Cristyam OtavianoJanuary 7, 2012
    Encanta qualquer um !
  • JungJoon P.
    JungJoon ParkJanuary 19, 2012
    입구 앞 동상 머리 위에 갈매기가 앉아 있었다.
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