Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Civic Center
Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
How to get there
  • Civic Center • 4 min walk
  • Civic Center • 4 min walk
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,744 contributions
    Important Museum
    Each time I visit this museum, I end up seeing just a small portion of the display because there is so much here. They do try to represent all regions of Asia. Lots of treasures installed in a gorgeous building, the former library.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Elissa
    Los Angeles, California595 contributions
    Great Museum, Great Service
    This is a wonderfully curated museum with a huge collection of Asian Art, a huge gift shop, and a huge special exhibition space. When I needed to change my ticket day, customer support was so helpful and quick to reissue my ticket. Everyone at the museum was very nice, and the Asian Box restaurant was great too. I'm surprised the museum was so empty!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • bcheong
    Shanghai, China26,654 contributions
    Murakami
    Arrived SF last night and lucky to still get timed tickets for the Murakami exhibition today. I think the Yayoi exhibition at SFMOMA is booked solid weeks ahead Very good exhibition as i’m a fan. Monsterisation theme with Ego, NFT etc. pieces 9/10 for murakami alone, didn’t visit the other galleries
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 24, 2023
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Mecca M
Atlanta, GA59 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
I really enjoyed my visit to the museum. I am a KDrama fan, Soto see all of the beautiful paintings, baskets and pottery really made me feel in the moment. The gift shop is awesome.
Written February 26, 2024
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bcheong
Shanghai, China26,654 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Arrived SF last night and lucky to still get timed tickets for the Murakami exhibition today. I think the Yayoi exhibition at SFMOMA is booked solid weeks ahead

Very good exhibition as i’m a fan. Monsterisation theme with Ego, NFT etc. pieces

9/10 for murakami alone, didn’t visit the other galleries
Written December 24, 2023
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1,334 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Having explored several times this important Asian Art Museum this last visit was a disappointment as a substantial number of halls were under noisy construction/renovation.
It appears that the Japanese section was mostly off limits.
Temporary exhibition of a local modern artist was limited and average.
The main temporary show did not appeal to us as we had seen the artist elsewhere and the admission price appeared excessive.
Written November 28, 2023
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Elissa
Los Angeles, CA595 contributions
Jul 2023
This is a wonderfully curated museum with a huge collection of Asian Art, a huge gift shop, and a huge special exhibition space. When I needed to change my ticket day, customer support was so helpful and quick to reissue my ticket. Everyone at the museum was very nice, and the Asian Box restaurant was great too. I'm surprised the museum was so empty!
Written July 11, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,744 contributions
Jun 2023
Each time I visit this museum, I end up seeing just a small portion of the display because there is so much here. They do try to represent all regions of Asia. Lots of treasures installed in a gorgeous building, the former library.
Written June 15, 2023
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SeeMeByTheSea
Berkeley, CA16 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
They NEVER answer the phone. I tried calling for 5 days, left 3 messages, just wanted to know if we could dance at an upcoming show... no response. No one ever answered the phone or called back. : ( I also tried emailing 2 days ago... still no response.
Written April 8, 2023
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ETsang20
Sacramento, CA8 contributions
Jan 2023
a must see Asian art museum~ besides its extensive ancient Asian art, now it has a new contemporary art , recently it hosted Kongkee, the warriing states; it still has Bernice Bing, etc
Written February 14, 2023
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travelingbloom11
21 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
Amazing museum! It has great artifacts and history through the ages and you can see the evolution and change. Great to get perspective on the unique dynamics and changes of Asia and the influences that impact modern day. Starting on the 3rd floor to the 1st was a suggestion for chronological order. Very good special exhibit and contemporary art. Highly recommend!
Written December 11, 2022
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Arun K
Nagpur District, India2,933 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
The museum, which specialises in Asian history & culture has brilliant collection of Asian art.
There are thoughtful placements from various countries of Asia say China, Japan, Korea , India, Indonesia etc . Whenever we visit San Francisco, feel like visiting this place as it gives us immense pleasure.
Along with art galleries, the three floor museum has awesome amenities like cafe , shop/ boutique, children learning center, education center etc.
A worth visiting place to see Chinese, Japanese & Indian ancient arts.
The admission to museum is free on first Sunday of every month.
The front bench & staff is very cooperative.
Written August 19, 2022
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Trup
New York, NY1,231 contributions
Jun 2022
Gorgeous facility and an extraordinary collection of both antique and modern art pieces. Allow 2-3 hours. Reasonable admissions price. Parking available a half block away at $8/hour. If you have ANY interest in Asia, then this is a fine activity for you.
Written June 21, 2022
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