Situated on the Pacific Rim in one of the most diverse communities in the United States, the museum houses works that pre-date written history as well as more recently created pieces.
Representing the broad range of Asian art, many pieces have connections to works from other continents and other millennia, this is one of the most comprehensive Asian art collections in the world, with more than 18,000 works of art in its permanent collection, some as much as 6,000 years old.
The museum has been located since 2003 in the former San Francisco city library building opposite the San Francisco Civic Center. The Beaux Arts-style library building was renovated for the purpose under the direction of Italian architect Gae Aulenti.
Please check the museum website for updated exhibition information. Scheduling may have been modified as a result of the temporary museum closure.
Chinese and Chinese-influenced ceramics from the Kyoto National Museum
Depictions of intriguing tales that have informed and engaged audiences for centuries.
Work by fourteen contemporary artists whose alternative narratives of mythology, history, and identity
Explores how Japanese artists from the 15th to early 17th century engaged with Chinese ink painting styles