Asian Art Museum

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Asian Art Museum
Photograph: Courtesy Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum

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.

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Venue name: Asian Art Museum
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Address: 200 Larkin St
San Francisco

Cross street: between Fulton and McAllister Sts
Opening hours: Tue–Sun 10am–5pm; Thu 10am–9pm
Transport: Bus 5, 10, 19, 54, 70, 80, 92, 93, 101, 101X
Price: $15, seniors, students and youth $10, children under 12 free. Thu 5–9pm $5.
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