Asian Art Museum Tours

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Journey through Asia—without embarking on an overseas trip—in this museum dedicated to art from the region. During your stay in San Francisco, view artworks spanning different periods in history and contemporary art from cultural regions, such as India, Japan, China, and Korea.
 
The Basics
The Asian Art Museum takes visitors on a comprehensive tour of the major cultural regions in Asia. From Iran to Indonesia, the Himalayas to Malaysia, galleries include sculptures and paintings, sacred objects, and historical photographs, arranged to provide a detailed picture of the vast region’s differing cultures. Masterpieces, such as the Buddha Triumphing over Mara, a stone sculpture from India dating to the 900s, are interwoven into the collections.

The San Francisco Explorer Pass and Go card include admission to the Asian Art Museum. Hop-on-hop-off bus tours also stop here.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Asian Art Museum is known for its popular and immersive cultural programming, much of which must be booked in advance.
  • All of the museum’s entrances are accessible to people using wheeled devices.
  • A special effort is made to include children in the museum’s programming. There are even before-hours stroller tours for moms, dads, and caregivers for the 0–2 set.
  • Tickets to evening programs are sold separately.
  • The Exploratorium’s on-site restaurant, Sunday at the Museum, is very popular and lines can be long. Visit after 1pm to avoid the longest lines.
 
How to Get There
The Asian Art Museum is located at San Francisco’s Civic Center and is easily accessed by public transportation. On BART, exit at Civic Center/Larkin Street. Muni J, K, L, M, N, and T streetcar lines all stop within a block of the museum near Larkin and Market streets. San Francisco Muni bus lines, 5, 6, 7, 21, 47, and 48 also make stops at Civic Center.
 
When to Get There
The Asian Art Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10am–5pm, extending until 9pm Thursdays, February through September. The museum is closed on Mondays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. During events and festival days, such as Lunar New Year, the museum and on-site restaurant are extremely busy. Booking tickets in advance is highly recommended.
 
Sunday at the Museum
The museum recently invited local chef Deuki Hong and restaurateurs Andrew Chau and Bin Chen of Boba Guys milk tea to take over its on-site restaurant, Sunday at the Museum. A sample of the menu of Asian flavors include Hong’s classic Korean fried chicken sandwich, soy-chili-garlic chicken wings, and miso avocado toast on Japanese milk bread, and milk tea, of course.
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Address: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, California, USA
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Asian Art Museum General Admission Ticket

San Francisco's Asian Art Museum offers one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian art in the world. Come and discover over 18,000 objects and 6,000 years of history, featuring distinctive materials, aesthetics and intellectual achievements of Asian art and cultures.Please note: The third-floor collection galleries are currently closed for refurbishment and will reopen in spring 2019. The second-floor collection galleries will remain open during this time.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Explore San Francisco’s most iconic attractions the fun and easy way on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Ride aboard a comfortable, double-decker coach while listening to live commentary on passing highlights and city history. Hop on or off at any of 24 different stops, including Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Haight-Ashbury and North Beach. Alternatively, cruise across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito for fantastic views of the skyline and Alcatraz. Choose from several 1- or 2-day pass options to customize your time in the ‘City by the Bay.’
  • Duration: 2 days
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San Francisco Full Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this full-day hop-on hop-off buss pass. Ride a double-decker bus throughout the city, and hop off and back on at any of the stops along the route. Make stops at Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Chinatown, the Financial District, and Haight-Ashbury. Along the way see some of SF’s most popular places, such as Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts, the de Young Museum, and War Memorial Opera House.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Go San Francisco Card

Tour San Francisco with the Go San Francisco Card on your mobile device. See all the sites or just a few; it's your choice using this customizable touring option. Enjoy free admission at more than 30 popular San Francisco attractions as well as discounts on dining and shopping. Choose from 1-,2-, 3- or 5-day options to help you save as much money as possible on your vacation.
  • Duration: 1 to 5 days
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Viator Exclusive: San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Plus Bike & Bay Cruise

Explore San Francisco on your own schedule with tickets for a hop-on, hop-off bus tour that includes a bike rental, a cable car tour of Sausalito, and a sightseeing cruise on the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy the freedom to see the things that interest you most, with the option to choose 24- and 48-hour tickets when booking. This independent tour of San Francisco features a GPS-activated audio guide so you can learn about each site along the 24 stop route, and it’s the perfect introduction for first-time visitors.
  • Duration: 2 days
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San Francisco Explorer Pass

With the San Francisco Explorer Pass you’ll save money on four San Francisco attractions within a 30-day period. Select four activities among a list of 20 sightseeing cruises, tours, museum admissions and transportation in and around the city. Take advantage of discount offers at retailers and restaurants, and use your complimentary guidebook to help you independently explore the Bay Area at your own pace. No voucher redemption is required; simply print your pass, or download the code on your mobile phone, and enjoy direct entry to attractions.
  • Duration: 1 day
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