This popular museum has one of the world's most comprehensive collections of Asian art, spanning 6,000 years of Asian history and with more than 15,000 objects on display. Artefacts range from Japanese Buddhas and sacred texts to items from the Ming Dynasty. The outdoor café is a great place to enjoy American- and Asian-inspired dishes on sunny days, and the gift shop is well stocked with high-quality stationery, decorative items and a handsome selection of coffee-table books. The museum once resided in Golden Gate Park, but in 2003 it reopened in this building, former home of the San Francisco Public Library. Extensively and beautifully redesigned by Gae Aulenti, the architect responsible for the heralded Musée d'Orsay conversion in Paris, the museum retains remnants of its previous role, including bookish quotes etched into the fabric of the building.