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Asian Art Museum

Asian Art Museum

Art Museum
Civic Center, San Francisco
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  • Bennett W W.
    "First Sunday of each month - free admission?"(5 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
    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!
  • andrea w.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Conner H.
    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.
  • 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!
  • Wilson F.
    Gorgeous building, magnificent collection and exhibitions, super or helpful staff. A gem of a museum.
  • Jenny Q.
    Jenny QMay 31, 2015
    First free Sundays, huge museum. One of the best in the Bay Area, especially awesome if you're into the history of Eastern religions
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Richard C.
    Richard ChanMay 26, 2013
    This museum lets you get real intimate with the art. Photography is allowed.
  • 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
  • Vivian L.
    Vivian LiSeptember 23
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CSeptember 9, 2014
    Free on 1st Sunday each month. Check out their 'Gorgeous' exhibit spanning multiple eras, cultures and genres.
  • Ting S.
    Ting SNovember 6, 2015
    A special Asian Musuem near City Hall. Check out both permanent and seasonal exhibitions. Really high standard.
  • 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!
  • Kim F.
    Kim FujiwaraMarch 26, 2013
    Try the Pastrami Salami Sandwich - Pastrami and salami with a roasted red pepper aioli
  • Tammy Q.
    Tammy QuackenbushSeptember 23, 2012
    Try the Chicken Tenders - Nicely cooked with salad and side of spicy may for dipping. Yum!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Runqiu C.
    Runqiu CaiSeptember 8, 2014
    Free admission first Sunday of the month. Has a new exhibit called "Gorgeous" which features modern art.
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MackayAugust 16, 2013
    Larry Ellison personal collection is a must during the America's Cup 2013. #spectacular #artwork
  • 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
  • Alex R.
    Alex RiglerAugust 9, 2015
    Loads of awesome exhibitions and opens late with events on Thursdays!
  • Felipe C.
    Felipe C.September 4, 2013
    The Southeast Asian wing is fantastic, a must see.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicDecember 31, 2015
    Good permanent collection, outstanding special exhibits.
  • Jenny N.
    Jenny NMay 17, 2014
    The free docent tours are wonderful and highly informative.
  • 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!
  • Patricia
    PatriciaAugust 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Phantoms of Asia exhibit is AMAZING!
  • Camila M.
    Camila McHughSeptember 11, 2015
    Hughen/starkweather's Re:depiction exhibit is provocative and beautiful.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PetersonSeptember 28, 2014
    Thankfully the drug dealers and users that hang out adjacent are non-violent.
  • 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!
  • AJ L.
    AJ LJanuary 18
    Get your complimentary tickets on SF Library Discover and Go!
  • Phil A.
    Phil AucuttOctober 28, 2013
    The Korean Art exhibit going on now through January 12, 2014 is pretty amazing, and worth the admission.
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzMarch 9, 2015
    $5 on Thursdays and open late! Seduction exhibition is very interesting
  • Douglas G.
    Douglas GrayNovember 29, 2014
    The current rotating exhibit is Roads to Arabia. It will be on display till Jan 18, 2015.
  • Leland W.
    Leland WongOctober 9, 2014
    Free on the first Sunday of each month... Why pay?
  • 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...
  • Ben L.
    Ben LeongSeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    1st Sundays are Free and Cafe Asia has yummy daily specials.
  • Karen T.
    Karen ToboSeptember 17
    Thursday evenings for $5 are such a bargain!
  • Hard R.
    Hard RockerNovember 29, 2014
    Great exhibit of Asian artwork.
  • Rachelle C.
    Rachelle CMay 7, 2010
    Asian art museum cafe is a hidden gem. I like the chicken curry.
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