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The country's largest showcase for Asian art, the museum once housed the Main Library. Extensively and beautifully redesigned by Gae Aulenti, the architect responsible for the Musée d'Orsay conversion in Paris, the museum retains remnants of its previous role, including bookish quotes etched into the fabric of the building. The Asian has one of the world's most comprehensive collections of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Indonesian and Southeast Asian art, spanning 6,000 years of history with more than 15,000 objects. Artifacts range from Japanese buddhas and Indonesian shadow puppets to sacred texts and porcelains from the Ming Dynasty. The café, open only to visitors, serves Asian-inspired dishes, and the gift shop is well stocked with high-quality stationery, decorative items and a good selection of coffee table books.
San Francisco’s acclaimed resident repertory theater, ACT has been staging modern classics and groundbreaking new works since 1967, including major works by David Mamet and Tom Stoppard. ACT’s Conservatory counts numerous Hollywood bigwigs among its alumni, including Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Nicolas Cage and Danny Glover.