On 3 floors of San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, reside a collection of more than 17,000 works of art and artifacts -- on display from major Asian countries and traditions.
Some of the pieces are more than 6,000 years old.
But... did you know that the museum wouldn’t exist at all... if it were not for the generosity of Chicago millionaire, Avery Brundage?
Yes, that’s true!
He donated the first part of his vast Asian art collection to the city of San Francisco on the condition that the they would build a new museum to house it.
Over the years, Mr. Brundage donated - and eventually bequeathed - his entire collection of more than 7,700 Asian art objects.
That makes this museum - devoted exclusively to the arts of Asia - the largest in the United States.
Dedicated galleries are devoted to art pieces coming from South Asia, West Asia - including Persia, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, China, Korea, Japan, and other areas.
Some of the works date back from BCE - Before Christian Era - all the way up to present day. The permanent collection displays more than 2,500 art pieces.
And that’s just mentioning a few.
Want to see a taste of the Asian Art Museum? Then watch this...
Pretty amazing! Agreed?
But when you visit the Museum, you’re getting more than just an art museum - you’re getting your own personal journey to Asia.
Just imagine... traveling through 6,000 years of history, trekking across seven major regions, and sampling the cultures of numerous countries.
Take one of the museum’s FREE hour-long guided tours through its permanent collection.
The tour guides love their subject, are well-informed, and provide excellent introductions to the collections.
While you’re there... be sure to stop in and see the world's oldest dated Buddha - in Gallery 16. Per the inscription on its base, this seated Buddha dates back to 338.
The Chinese jade room is amazing!
Since special exhibits are always being scheduled... we suggest you call ahead and ask what are the latest displays being offered.
They are always unique and thoughtfully curated.
For example... check out "Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy".
It’s the first major exhibition of Chinese calligraphy in the U.S. since 1999.
And after its presentation at the museum... the exhibition is scheduled for touring at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 2014.
So... what are you waiting for... let’s go!