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AT A GLANCE: The Transformed Asian Art Museum Visitor Experience

New Exhibition Pavilion and Art Terrace, Expanded Contemporary Program, and Fresh Interpretive Approaches Across All Galleries

Architectural rendering of a museum facade.

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A premier exhibition space for Asian art in the U.S. — Key Project Facts:


Planning and Design: Commenced 2015
Major Construction: Commenced 2018, Completion 2019–2020 (rolling)


Size: 28,000 sq. ft. additional space, 63,000 sq. ft. space renovation
Program: 8,500 sq. ft. exhibition pavilion; 7500 sq. ft. roof terrace;
2,000 sq. ft. pavilion lobby


Jay Xu, Director and CEO, Asian Art Museum
Akiko Yamazaki, Board Chair and Capital Campaign Chair, Asian Art Museum
Kulapat Yantrasast, principal-in-charge, wHY Architecture Studio


$103M raised privately, of which $38M to fund expansion construction

Features of the museum’s transformation are focused on deepening visitor engagement through:

  • Exceptional new spaces for contemporary art, as well as acquisitions and commissions;
  • Reimagined approaches to displaying masterpieces across the museum’s 31 refreshed collection galleries;
  • Expansive upgrades to education classrooms;
  • Innovative digital capabilities and wayfinding to foster high-impact learning throughout; and
  • New circulation, lounge and lobby spaces to enhance internal flow, allowing audiences to connect past to present in real time.


Images: Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Pavilion, Rendering 2020 © Asian Art Museum and wHY; Reversible Rotation, Flying Beyond Borders — One Stroke, Cold Light, 2019/2020, by teamLab (est. 2001). Sound by Hideaki Takahashi (Japanese, b. 1967). Digital installation. © teamLab; Rendering of the East West Bank Art Terrace. © wHY and the Asian Art Museum; Installation view of Haroon Mirza: The Night Journey, 2017–2018. Photograph © Asian Art Museum; Chinese bronze rhinoceros “Reina” Masterpiece (1100-1050 BCE) © Asian Art Museum; Sketch Aquarium, 2013–present, by teamLab (est. 2001). Interactive digital installation. Sound by Hideaki Takahashi (Japanese, b. 1967). © teamLab.

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