Let's go to the Asian Art Museum for free on Stan!
The San Francisco Asian Art Museum is one of the largest museums devoted exclusively to Asian Art, with a collection of over 17,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history. The Asian Art Museum reopened at its current Civic Center location in 2003. (It used to be in Golden Gate Park for 35 years.) The building, once used to house the Main Library, still retains its Beaux Arts exterior, but now has well-lit airy interiors befitting a world-class museum.
There is so much to see, but I suggest following the free docent-led tours below. Each tour is ~45 minutes long. They cover the special exhibitions and the great works in the 7 permanent collections (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Tibetan and Persian art). You could also borrow an iPod Touch for free (used to be free only for members) or download the app free (http://www.asianart.org/visit/asian-art-museum-multimedia-tours).
Please note that flash photography is NOT allowed.
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA[masked]http://www.asianart.org (http://www.asianart.org/)
9:45 AM Meet in front of the Asian Art Museum
10:00 AM Go in together
11:30 AM Go on docent-led tour (see below)
EXHIBITIONS & DOCENT-LED TOURS
Visitor's Choice 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
*Mithila Indian art 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Storytelling (for families) 1:00 pm - 1:45pm
*This is the one I'm interested in. Feel free to attend any or all.
Mithila Indian art: http://www.asianart.org/exhibitions/mithila-painting
Haroon Mirza: http://www.asianart.org/exhibitions/night-journey
Outdoor dragon fortune: http://www.asianart.org/regular/hung-yi
If you go in with me, it will be free. :)
You must be RSVPed with your real name & on my list. Please no crashers or guests. If you are not on the list, you cannot enter with me. Please update your RSVP 24 hours before the event.
If you're rather go at another time on Sunday, tickets including special exhibits access cost:
$20 Seniors 65 and older, university students with ID and youths ages 13-17
Free Members & Children 12 and under
If it's raining, please take a little extra time in getting around.
There is a coat check to the right of the lobby past the restrooms.
PARKING / GETTING THERE
Parking is free at meters on Sundays once again (http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/07/06/hooray-sunday-street-parking-again-free-san-francisco-exceptions/), but the farmer's market eats up a bunch of spaces.
You can park at the underground Civic Center Plaza Garage across the street for $6 per hour. Details: http://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/parking/parking-garages/civic-center-garage
Civic Center BART is just 2 blocks away. 19 Polk, 5 Fulton, 47 Van Ness and Metro stop in front or nearby.
South Bay peeps, let's carpool from Hobee's, 21267 Stevens Creek Blvd #310, Cupertino at 8:30AM. Please answer the RSVP questions.
This is on your own for before or after the event.
I suggest these places that are within 3 blocks of the Asian Art Museum. All are open before & after our visit.
Saigon Sandwiches: http://www.yelp.com/biz/saigon-sandwich-san-francisco
Celtic Coffee: http://www.yelp.com/biz/celtic-coffee-company-san-francisco
Lee's Sandwiches: http://www.yelp.com/biz/lees-sandwiches-san-francisco