Planning to Visit? See our updated mask and vax policies here.

Museum Hours
Thurs: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
Cafe Hours
Fri-Mon: 10 AM—4:30 PM
Thurs: 1—7:30 PM
200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102


The Asian Art Museum’s policies are designed to ensure the safety and comfort of all guests, as well as to protect the artworks in our care.

Safety & Security

Please observe the following rules during your visit to the museum:

  • Silence cell phones.
  • Help us protect the art – look, but do not touch.
  • Do not smoke anywhere in the building.
  • Please no food or drinks in the galleries.
  • Shoes and shirts are required.


Trained guide and service animals are welcome at the Asian Art Museum. Animals must be under the control of the owner at all times (e.g. leash, carrier).

Infant Feeding

Infant feeding is allowed in all public spaces. Bottles must be in the control of an adult.


  • Photography in the collection galleries is permitted for personal, noncommercial use and with a handheld camera. The use of flashes or tripods is prohibited.
  • Photography is not allowed in some special exhibitions.
  • You cannot sell, reproduce or distribute any photographs you take in the museum without written permission from the Asian Art Museum.
  • If you wish to request an image or special dispensation from the museum, see the Photography and Image Rights page.
  • Please be aware that you may be photographed or filmed by museum staff during your visit and that we may use these image in online or printed museum materials. 


Pencil sketching is permitted in the collection galleries (second and third floors). Sketching may be prohibited in special exhibitions, which feature works on loan to the museum. Please check with museum staff.


Strollers are allowed in all public spaces. However, please note that our security officers may require checking or parking strollers to facilitate physical distancing.


To support our community’s physical distancing efforts, docent-led tours are temporarily suspended. To enjoy a self-guided tour, please download our free mobile guide app. Commercial tours led by members of the public are not permitted. Any group touring the museum may not include a lecture or talk unless prior arrangement has been made with the museum.