In many parts of Asia, Lunar New Year is the biggest celebration of the year. The exact date of the festivities changes depending on the lunar calendar, which is based on phases of the moon. In 2016, Lunar New Year (also known as Chinese New Year) falls on Feb 8.
Let’s bid farewell to the Year of the Ram and ring in the Year of the Monkey with special events
, family-friendly activities
and unique merchandise in our museum store
If you were born in the Year of the Monkey and can prove it, stop by the table across from the info desk during the Jan 31 celebration to get a pair of passes and be included in a drawing for a museum membership. After all, it's your year!
All events are free with admission, and kids 12 and under always get in free (as do San Francisco Unified School District students).
We wish you a healthy, happy and successful Year of the Monkey!
Do you know what animal you are? The animal of your birth year is believed to influence your personality, much like a horoscope. Get insight into your traits with our handy online calculator.
Family Fun Days
and third Sundays, 10:30 AM–2 PM
art and ideas through immersive storytelling, fun gallery activities, creative
art making and more. Discover and play as a family! Themes and projects
change regularly. Every February, learn about Chinese New Year symbols for hope
and prosperity with sustainable art projects inspired by flowers and plants.
10:30–11 AM: stART Tour for kids ages 3-6
11 AM–2 PM: Art making and self-guided activities
Pick up our free gallery guides at the information desk.
The Lunar New Year Family Gallery Guide
introduces the Lunar New Year and the zodiac animals in the museum's collection for children ages 7 to 10. Complete each and get a prize at the information desk. Gallery guide are available starting Jan 31 through February.The Elements of Art Explorer Pack
introduce kids and families to line, shape, color and texture in the museum’s collection with an interactive guide and tools for exploring these art fundamentals.
Dive deeper into the museum collection with Animal Adventure Art Cards
, open-ended prompts that introduce animals in the Asian Art Museum collection and encourage play in the galleries. Art Cards are available at the information desk daily and are recommended for kids ages 6 and above.Can't make it to the Lunar New Year celebration?
Our Community Speakers Program
brings the museum to you! Learn more...