Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415 581-3500
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco – holding nearly 17,000 Asian art treasures spanning 6,000 years of history – is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art. There are beautiful things to see. Once located in Golden Gate Park, the museum opened its new, expanded facility at Civic Center on March 20, 2003. An architectural gem featuring a dynamic blend of beaux arts and modern design elements, the museum’s new home is the result of a dramatic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of San Francisco’s former main library building by renowned architect Gae Aulenti (designer of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris). The new building serves as a showcase for the museum’s acclaimed collection and exhibitions, and allows the museum to better demonstrate its long-term commitment to preserving, protecting and promoting Asian art and culture.
Strategically located on the Pacific Rim and serving one of the most diverse communities in the United States, The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco – Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture is uniquely positioned to lead a diverse, global audience in discovering the distinctive materials, aesthetics and intellectual achievements of Asian art and cultures, and to serve as a bridge of understanding between Asia and the United States and between the diverse cultures of Asia.