The SF Asian Art Museum is a Cultural Gem

The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is one of the best museums in the world for Asian art. It has thousands of artifacts and covers all aspects of Asian culture.

The museum is located in the Civic Center area, which is easy to get to from the East Bay and other areas. It is across from City Hall. You can find it by the lion statues that mark the entrance to the museum.

In front of the museum, you will often find art installations, like a dragon or a dog. There is also a beautiful atrium inside the museum with glass windows. The museum store is also very nice.

The Asian Art Museum’s Collections

The museum has a permanent collection of 18,000 artifacts, as well as special exhibits that focus on contemporary topics like tattoos and Asian culture. They also have a great kids program with a backpack that kids can take around the museum.

Target sponsors a free museum Sunday once a month. However, it can get very crowded. I recommend going during the week instead.

The museum is newly renovated, and there’s a lot of new art to see.

Getting to the Museum and Parking

The Asian Art Museum is located at 200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Parking is a little bit more challenging, but you can park in the UC Hastings lot and they will validate your parking for $7. You can also drop off people at the front of the museum.

Overall, the Asian Art Museum is a great place to visit. It is world-class museum with some amazing collections. The museum used to have a great restaurant, too, but unfortunately, it closed. Still, there’s a lot to do at the museum, and the area nearby has several good places to eat.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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