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Museum Hours
Thurs: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
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Fri-Mon: 10 AM—4:30 PM
Thurs: 1—7:30 PM
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200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
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China

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Elephant Explorers

In the spring of 2020, a herd of wild Asian elephants started migrating north from Southwest China. As of June 2021, the elephants have traveled 500 kilometers, navigating through rural areas and cityscapes toward an unknown destination. Scientists believe this unusual migration was spurred by deforestation, urbanization, and habitat loss.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

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Lunar New Year Red Envelopes

GRADE LEVEL: Pre-Kindergarten, Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Make Your Own Seal Script Stamp

Make your own seal script stamp and use it to “sign” a decorated postcard.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Lunar New Year Zodiac Animals: Coloring Pages

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle and each year is linked to an animal. Find your birth year and color in your zodiac animal.

GRADE LEVEL: Pre-Kindergarten, Early Elementary School (K-3)

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Arts of the Islamic World

Islam has been an important cultural force in much of Asia for more than five hundred years, and in some parts for more than a thousand. Today, far more Muslims live in other parts of Asia than in the Arab areas of Asia such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Science in the Tang (618–906) and Song (960–1279) Dynasties

As with art, literature, and philosophy, the Tang dynasty (618-906) nurtured a Golden Age of development and innovation in science and technology that culminated in the Song dynasty (960-1279). The expansive exchange of foreign goods and information during the Tang, together with the high value placed upon close observation and analysis that characterized the Song, set the stage for vigorous scientific innovations. Important advances were made in astronomy, agriculture, industry, medicine, and military technologies.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Jade Snow Wong: Breaking the Mold

Lesson: Students will 1) understand how Wong was viewed by her community as a rebel in her choice of career and in her artistic style; 2) practice using compare/contrast skills to identify the hallmarks of art from the Qing and Song dynasties, to understand how Wong’s work was initially judged; and 3) hone discussion skills through the use of Project Zero’s Artful Thinking Routines.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8)

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Chinese Opera Coloring Sheets

Chinese operas are very long and feature complex narratives with a large number of characters. Have fun coloring in these sheets based on Chinese opera prints in the Asian Art Museum’s collection.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8)
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