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Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

200 Larkin San Francisco, CA 94102 | Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin | 415-581-3500

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The world-renowned museum of Asian art and culture moved into luxurious new digs in 2002.


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    Ideally, art exhibits offer an "ah-ha" moment, when you stand transfixed and realize, "This speaks to me like nothing before." This exhibit contains pieces that scream "ah-ha" — that...
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    For the Asian Art Museum's current show, "Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts," officials asked Pixar animator and storyboard artist Sanjay Patel to illustrate the outside of the...
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