The Asian Art Museum holds one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian art in the world.
The Conservation Center brings science to art. By combining historical and scientific research with the detailed examination of art works, conservators can often discover new information about an artwork's origin, date and history. Explore our recent projects.
Artworks in the galleries are regularly rotated, offering visitors a chance to view more of the museumâs collection.
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Spanning cultures from Turkey to India and China to the Philippines through 6,000 years, the collection provides a panorama of Asian art and culture. Included are over 18,000 objects ranging from tiny jades to monumental sculptures. Superb paintings, porcelains, arms and armor, furniture, textiles, and bronzes are featured.
Many of the finest objects in the museum’s collection were donated by Chicago industrialist Avery Brundage in the 1960s. His generosity served as the impetus for the museum’s founding, and brought to San Francisco many celebrated art works such as a gilded bronze Buddha image dated 338—the oldest known dated Chinese Buddha in the world.