Museum Hours
Thu: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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About the Asian Art Museum

Where Asian and Asian American art and cultures inspire and connect us all.

About Us

Located in the heart of San Francisco, the museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art, boasting more than 18,000 awe-inspiring artworks ranging from ancient jades and ceramics to contemporary video installations. Dynamic special exhibitions, cultural celebrations and public programs for all ages provide rich art experiences that unlock the past and spark questions about the future.

Our Vision

Where experiences of Asian and Asian American art and cultures inspire and connect us all.

Our Mission

The Asian Art Museum celebrates, preserves, and promotes Asian and Asian American art and cultures for local and global audiences. We provide a dynamic forum for exchanging ideas, inviting collaboration, and fueling imagination to deepen understanding and empathy among people of all backgrounds.

Our Values

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco strives to be respectful, engaging, inspirational, nimble and accessible.

Our History

The Asian Art Museum was founded more than 50 years ago, when collector Avery Brundage donated nearly 8,000 outstanding Asian artworks to the city of San Francisco. A new wing of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park was opened in 1966 to showcase the priceless collection. Although Brundage’s stated goal was to create a “bridge of understanding” between the U.S. and Asia, a closer review of his actions reveal that he held racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic beliefs that directly contradict the museum’s mission and values. In 2020, the museum removed a bust of Brundage from its lobby and initiated the public phase of a thorough re-examination of his troubling legacy. Today, the museum collection has grown far beyond that founding gift to comprise more than 18,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years and every region of Asia.

In 2003, the Asian Art Museum moved to the former Main Library building in the Civic Center, which had been transformed to showcase the expanding collection as well as the groundbreaking exhibitions the museum had become known for. Since then, the museum has solidified its position as not only one of the premier art venues in the Bay Area but also as one of the most important centers for Asian art and culture outside Asia.

The museum embarked on a $90 million transformation project in 2017 to accommodate large special exhibitions and a growing, vibrant contemporary art program. The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Pavilion and the East West Bank Art Terrace, designed by Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY — as well as refreshed collection galleries and public amenities — are slated for completion in 2020.

A vibrant hub for discovering the magnificent artistic achievements and intriguing history of the world’s most populous continent, the Asian Art Museum continues to bridge cultures, engage the imagination, and inspire new ways of thinking.

Press Room
Welcome, working press. Here you can find our latest press releases, request images for publication, join our press list, and view our archive of past releases.
The City and County of San Francisco Asian Art Commission is responsible for the determination of policy for and the administration of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
Are you interested in art? Want to work in an exciting, fast-paced museum environment with other creative teens? Learn about our Art Speak internship for high school students.
Volunteers enjoy an intimate relationship with the Asian Art Museum, supporting and enriching the visitor experience.