Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: 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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  • travelingbloom11
    20 contributions
    Very Thorough and Excellent Museum
    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!
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 December 2022
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,394 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 15 June 2023
  • Elissa
    Los Angeles, California598 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 11 July 2023
  • MILOUW
    New York City, New York1,322 contributions
    Can do better
    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.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 November 2023
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1,322 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 28 November 2023
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Elissa
Los Angeles, CA598 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 11 July 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,394 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 15 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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 8 April 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 14 February 2023
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travelingbloom11
20 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 11 December 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 19 August 2022
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Trup
New York, NY1,214 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 21 June 2022
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Alessandra Matino
Sao Paulo, SP147 contributions
Apr 2022
This museum has a super collection of Asian Art and has a lot of history too.
If you like history and you have some Asian Heritage like me, you will enjoy it.
The length of your visit will be depend of your interests and appetite for history.
I hope that you enjoy it much like I enjoyed. Have Fun =))
Written 26 April 2022
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,409 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Another stunning building that sits opposite to City Hall and across the park. It’s not a opulent as City Hall but attractive to view.
Written 18 April 2022
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