The Asian Art Museum
San Francisco Museums
San Francisco is home to a true gem, the SF Asian Art Museum, one of the largest, most comprehensive Asian museums in the world. Located across from the San Francisco Civic Center in a building adapted from the city's former Main Library, the museum contains over 18,000 pieces, some over 6000 years old.
Museum galleries are set up to reflect specific geographic areas and include South Asia, Southeast Asia, China, Korea, Japan, the Persian world and West Asia, and the Himalayas and the Tibetan Buddhist world. Exhibits are based on three major themes, the development of Buddhism, local beliefs and practices, and trade and cultural exchange.
The original collection was donated by Chicago millionaire Avery Brundage, who continued to add to the museum's collection until his death in 1975. His generosity served as the impetus for the museum's founding, and brought to San Francisco many celebrated art works such as a gilded bronze Buddha image dated 338-the oldest known dated Chinese Buddha in the world. The museum moved to the current location in 2003 to add room for special exhibits and educational facilities. The ground floor now hosts special exhibits as well as traveling exhibits.
Be sure to visit the museum's unique gift shop, where you will find many original items, and Café Asia, where you can enjoy Pan-Asian cuisine. Featuring daily specials of fresh, seasonal ingredients, the menu offers a range of dishes from a variety of Asian traditions. Sandwiches, snacks, and desserts provide perfect alternatives for families or folks on the go.
The Asian Art Museum is located at 200 Larkin Street, a short 5 minute drive from our San Francisco lodging.
Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, with extended hours on Thursdays until 9:00 pm. The Asian Art Museum is closed Mondays, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Check for events at the museum during your stay with us.
Visit the official Asian Art Museum website by clicking here.
Walking Directions (about 30 minutes):
1.5 miles from Metro Hotel – Depart hotel and head south (right) on Divisadero Street, at the next block, turn left on Page Street, follow Page Street .9 miles past Octavia Street, at the intersection of Page and Market turn left, after 4 blocks, turn left on Larkin Street, the museum is 1.5 blocks on right.
Public Transit Directions (about 15 minutes):
Leave Metro Hotel and turn right on Divisadero Street, 1.5 blocks ahead catch the MUNI at the intersection of Haight and Divisadero heading east towards the Bay Bridge, get on the 6, 71, 71L or N-OWL route from this stop, depart at Market & 8th Street, once back on foot head north towards Grove Street, take a left on Grove Street going towards Civic Center Plaza, once at the Plaza the museum is across the street on the right.