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Asian Art Museum

View of front entrance of Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California

Asian Art Museum
The Asian Art Museum is one of our favorite San Francisco museums. One of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art, it houses nearly 15,000 treasures spanning 6,000 years of history, representing cultures throughout Asia.

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Balinese Mask featured in "Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance" exhibit at Asian Art Museum - Feb 25-Sept 11, 2011

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions and Collections at Asian Art Museum

Groups & Private Guided Tours
Private Guided Tours are available for Groups of any size. Groups of 10 or more may purchase advanced group tickets at a discounted rate.

Host Special Events

Host VIP Receptions, Corporate Events and Private Parties at the Asian Art Museum — a unique venue sure to make any event a memorable one.

The museum's four event spaces can accommodate groups of 40-400 for Seated Dinners and up to 1,200 for Receptions.

Asian Art Museum Store
Shop for a variety of unique Asian Gifts — jewelry, ceramics, paintings, cards, apparel, home décor, books, and music. Allow plenty of time for browsing and shopping — there's a lot to see.

Open during museum hours — entrance to the museum store does not require paid admission.

Past Exhibits at Asian Art Museum
Some of our favorite Past Exhibits at the Asian Art Museum have included:

  • Bali, Art, Ritual, Performance*
  • Beyond Golden Clouds: Five Centuries of Japanese Screens
  • Shanghai
  • Geisha: Beyond the Painted Smile
  • The Kingdom of Siam
  • Tibetan Treasures
  • Monumental Landscapes
    of Li Huayi
  • A Curious Affair: The Fascination Between East and West
  • Later Chinese Jades: Ming Dynasty to early Twentieth Century

More on Past Exhibits

*Bali exhibit featured over 130 diverse artworks (many never seen before in the U.S.) ranging from woven palm-leaf images of the rice goddess to elaborately carved and gilded chairs — plus puppetry, gamelan performances, and Balinese masked dances.

Parking Options

Civic Center Plaza Garage
(Entrance on McAllister, between Polk and Larkin Streets)

Outdoor Self-Parking Lots
(Two lots located on opposite corners, at the intersection of Hayes and Pol)

Fox Plaza @ 1390 Market Street
(Entrance on Hayes, between Larkin and Polk)

Performing Arts Center Garage
(Entrance on Grove at Goug)

Opera Plaza Garage
(Entrance on Golden Gate at Van Ness)


Outdoor view of the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California

Japanese Tea Ceremony at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, California

View of room where Japanese Tea Ceremony is held at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California

Japanese Tea Ceremony at Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

Japanese Tea Ceremony
at Asian Art Museum
The Asian Art Museum offers a fun, informative and educational Japanese Tea Ceremony — held in the Japanese Tea Room (Japan Galleries, 2nd floor, South Wing). It's well worth a visit to learn more about this traditional Japanese custom.

Tickets can be purchased online. Fee includes Museum admission.

1pm and 2:30pm seatings

Diner inside Cafe Asia, at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

Cafe Asia
We really like Cafe Asia (pictured above) — it's a great place to grab a quick (and delicious) bite before or after visiting the museum.

The cafe offers a variety of hot and cold entrees (good salmon and rice dishes), sushi, sandwiches, snacks, and desserts. Enjoy wine, beer, sake, and authentic Asian teas.

Entrance to the Cafe does not require paid admission to the museum.

Museum Hours
Tues-Sun 10am-5pm
Thurs 10am-9pm
Closed on Mondays

Open on 4th of July
Closed on Thanksgiving,
Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

More Info
Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin
@ McAllister Street
Civic Center Plaza
(across from City Hall)

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