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Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
For family visitors, be sure to inquire about the museum's Family Programs, which range from yoga classes to mandala-drawing workshops to dance performances. (Um, do we have to bring along kids to take advantage of these super-cool resources?)
San Francisco's Asian Art Museum can be best described in one word: staggering. As in, the western world's largest museum solely dedicated to Asian art. As in, a grand building with three floors of displays constituting only a fraction of the museum's full permanent collection. We did say 'staggering.' The Asian Art Museum's second and third floors take visitors on a tour of all regions of the continent dating back thousands of years, with excellent attention to history and culture in the text descriptions accompanying objects. The first-floor special exhibits exclusively feature contemporary Asian art. Located directly across from City Hall, the Asian Art Museum is also a quick walk away from the hip neighborhood of Hayes Valley, chockablock with unique boutiques, great restaurants, and local fave Blue Bottle Coffee.