Fodor's Expert Review Asian Art Museum

Civic Center Fodor's Choice
Buddha, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California, USA

You don't have to be a connoisseur of Asian art to appreciate this newly expanded museum, whose monumental exterior conceals a light, open, and welcoming space. The fraction of the museum's collection on display (about 2,500 pieces out of 18,000-plus total) is laid out thematically and by region, making it easy to follow historical developments.

Begin on the third floor, where highlights of Buddhist art in Southeast Asia and early China include a large, jewel-encrusted, exquisitely painted 19th-century Burmese Buddha and clothed rod puppets from Java. On the second floor you can find later Chinese works, as well as exquisite pieces from Korea and Japan. The ground floor is devoted to temporary exhibits and the museum's wonderful gift shop. During spring and summer, visit on Thursday evenings for extended programs and sip drinks while a DJ spins tunes.

Fodor's Choice Art Museum

Quick Facts

200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, California  94102, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $20, free 1st Sun. of month; $10 Thurs. 5–8, Closed Tues. and Wed.

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