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 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.
Address: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, California, USA
8 Tours and Activities to Experience Asian Art Museum
You can reserve your spot today and pay when you're ready.
You can reserve your spot today and pay when you're ready.
With the San Francisco Explorer Pass you’ll save money on four San Francisco attractions within a 60-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 save on your mobile phone and enjoy direct entry to attractions. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this full-day hop-on hop-off bus 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, and more. For even more adventure, upgrade your ticket to include the Sausalito route and cross the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge.
Save money to spend on gifts or activities instead with this iVenture Flexi 5 card, which grants you admission to four San Francisco attractions, tours and/or rentals. You can also travel across the city without any fuss with a 48-hour ticket for the San Francisco city tour bus. Hop on and off the bus as often as you want – use it to get around the city or join one of the City Tour sightseeing tours to go around the city’s many landmarks.
For a near-perfect San Francisco experience ideal for first-time visitors, you can save a bundle and see the best of the city with a San Francisco Sightseeing Pass. For up to five days, you can use your pass for easy access to more than 30 different attractions and activities, from bike tours and museum visits to discounts at top area restaurants. Stroll through North Beach, Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, visit the Asian Art Museum, and more—all included.
Visit San Francisco’s main attractions at your leisure over 48 hours with an iVenture Card. Gain admission to the Aquarium of the Bay, de Young Museum, Legion of Honor, and more. Choose to go on a variety of tours, including a Bay Cruise and Sausalito ferry ride. Rent bicycles for the day if you’d like to see the city on two wheels, and enjoy meals at select restaurants.
Explore San Francisco at your own pace with the San Francisco Sightseeing Pass. Select two, three, four, five or six attractions and schedule your visit during a 30-day period of your choice. Choose to visit popular destinations such as Madame Tussaud's and the Legion of Honor art museum, and opt for a select San Francisco sightseeing tour. Receive your pass instantly after booking, with a code that allows immediate use.
Tour San Francisco with the Go San Francisco Pass 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. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
Choose 3, 4 or 5 tours, attractions or museums from the list provided of the most popular things to do in San Francisco Up to 50% savings compared to separate purchases See San Francisco at your own leisure
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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