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The SF Asian Art Museum is a Cultural Gem

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The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is one of the best museums in the world for Asian art. It has thousands of artifacts and covers all aspects of Asian culture.

The museum is located in the Civic Center area, which is easy to get to from the East Bay and other areas. It is across from City Hall. You can find it by the lion statues that mark the entrance to the museum.

In front of the museum, you will often find art installations, like a dragon or a dog. There is also a beautiful atrium inside the museum with glass windows. The museum store is also very nice.

The Asian Art Museum's Collections

The museum has a permanent collection of 18,000 artifacts, as well as special exhibits that focus on contemporary topics like tattoos and Asian culture. They also have a great kids program with a backpack that kids can take around the museum.

Target sponsors a free museum Sunday once a month. However, it can get very crowded. I recommend going during the week instead.

The museum is newly renovated, and there's a lot of new art to see.

Parking is a little bit more challenging, but you can park in the UC Hastings lot and they will validate your parking for $7. You can also drop off people at the front of the museum.

Overall, the Asian Art Museum is a great place to visit. It is world-class museum with a great restaurant. It is also a very chill and Zen space.

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