Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling in manholes. Give the trustiest sense a vision vacation with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a membership for two (a $75 value) to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco in the Civic Center/Tenderloin area.
An active membership to the Asian Art Museum comes with a number of palatable perks, including two personalized membership cards and unlimited free museum admission for two adults. Members are entitled to sneak peeks of upcoming exhibits and priority entry when they're in full swing. You'll also receive a 10% discount on purchases at the museum store, which carries Asian-themed merchandise from around the world, a windmill factory's worth of ceramics, paintings, jewelry, apparel, home décor, books, and more. A subscription to the illustrated magazine Treasures comes standard with membership and will arrive at your home, giving you something to peruse while waiting for that ice sculptor to finish freezing. Finally, you will receive reduced-price admission to lectures, films, and special events.
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the most comprehensive art depositories in the Western globosphere dedicated to Asian art. Its permanent collection spans more than 6,000 years of history across all major traditions of Asian art and culture. The galleries are divvied up into seven geographic regions, including the Persian world, the Himalayas and the Tibetan Buddhists, Korea, and Japan. Current and future exhibitions focus on everything from Japan's early ambassadors to San Francisco and Japanese screens to Shanghai, the city explored through the lens of its art. Membership to the museum not only deepens understanding and appreciation for Asian culture, but also provides a social opportunity to meet and bond with like-minded individuals, like-minded married couples, and malingering museum ghosts.
The Asian Art Museum will mail your membership card to you, so you will need to provide your address at checkout. Please allow two to four weeks to receive your card, but feel free to visit the museum any time. If you would like to go before receiving your card, take a printed Groupon or your iPhone app to the membership desk for temporary passes.
- Its collection boasts more than 15,000 art objects, such as world-class sculptures, paintings, bronzes, ceramics, and jade items...add temporary exhibitions, live demonstrations, learning activities, Cafe Asia, and a store, and you've got one very good reason to head to the Civic Center. – Frommer's
- Artefacts [sic] range from Japanese Buddhas and sacred texts to items from the Ming Dynasty. The outdoor café is a great place to enjoy American- and Asian-inspired dishes on sunny days, and the gift shop is well stocked with high-quality stationery, decorative items and a handsome selection of coffee-table books. – Time Out
- If it can be painted, sculpted, or carved...you'll find it here. You can trace the advancements of the Asian culture through its art. This was a very educational experience that I won't soon forget. – Mark Chase, Yahoo! Travel
Asian Art Museum
Described as "the largest collection of Asian art in the United States" by Frommer's, the Asian Art Museum helps guests understand the cultural connections between works of art from countries such as China, Turkey, India, and the Philippines.
- Size: 31 gallery spaces display select items from the museum's 18,000-piece collection of antique and contemporary art and cultural artifacts
- Eye Catcher: gilded bronze sculpture of a seated Buddha dated back to the Later Zhao Dynasty, making it the oldest known Chinese Buddha sculpture in the world
- Permanent Mainstay: a ritual vessel in the shape of a rhinoceros represents one of the few surviving artifacts from China's Bronze Age that was created to resemble an entire animal
- Don't Miss: the new special exhibition Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which features 200 recently excavated artifacts including stone tools dating back more than a million years
- From the Press: the San Francisco Chronicle hailed the Asian Art Museum's collection as "the city's greatest cultural asset."