Museum Hours
Thu: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
A man and a woman look closely at a case filled with netsuke.

College Virtual Guided Tours

The following programs are currently scheduled through December 2021.

Livestreaming Docent Tours for College Level only 

Livestreamed docent tours are offered two times a day, Mondays through Fridays.

Tours are 40–45 minutes with a 5–10 minutes Q&A. 

Time Windows 
9:30–10:15 AM
11:00 – 11:45 AM 

Tour Options

Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment 
Take a complex and fascinating visual journey through Buddhism’s most esoteric practices to attain enlightenment.  

Demons and Creatures and Monsters – Oh My! 
Learn about some of the fascinating mythical creatures, demons, and other beings that abound in Asian art.

Facing Mecca: Reflections of Islam in Art 
Be fascinated by the variety and scope of art inspired by Islam not just the religion, but also culture and secular pursuits.

Genghis Khan: Hero or Tyrant
Ride with the Mongols and the Khans as they conquer vast empires. Learn about their culture through the art they created and adapted from other cultures.

Glorious Civilizations: An Exploration of Southeast Asia
Ten countries, numerous cultures, thousands of years: Explore the varied and intriguing art of Southeast Asia as reflected in the religious and secular art of this fascinating region.

The Goddess: Images of Power  
Explore various cultural and religious manifestations of female deities.

Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art
Uncover some of the fascinating and fun meanings and messages hidden in Chinese art.

Hidden Unions: Art of the Himalayas
Delve into the complex and fascinating spiritually inspired art from the “Land of the Snow” as illustrated by protective and supportive deities in a myriad of forms and media.

Jade: Stone of Heaven
Learn about the mystic properties of jade and why it has been prized for thousands of years. 

Japanese Aesthetics: Exploring Japan’s Artistic Sensibilities
Luxuriate in this beautiful exploration of Japanese art and culture.

Lunar New Year
Welcome the Lunar New Year by learning about the traditions and symbolism that enrich this celebration. This program changes yearly and can be booked January through March.

Masterworks of the Asian Art Museum
Discover what constitutes a “masterwork,” illustrated by some of the Asian Art Museum’s most important treasures.   

Mind and Form: Images of Buddhism
Understand how buddhas and bodhisattvas have been portrayed throughout the ages and in different sects of Buddhism

Persia: Crossroads of Art and Culture
Uncover the unique artistic elements of ancient West Asian art and its influence on art across Asia and Europe.  

Seeking the Divine: Deities of Asian Religions
Images of gods and goddesses, buddhas and bodhisattvas invite you to ponder the power of transformation and how different religions have visualized the divine.

The Silk Road: Globalization in the Ancient World  
Travel the ancient routes that provided goods, technologies, and ideas to cultures from the Mediterranean to the Pacific.

Timeless Traditions: Expressions of the Divine in Indian Art   
Explore the vast panoply of Indian art through the prism of its various major belief systems.

When the Tiger Smoked a Pipe: The Art of Korea
Discover the art of Korea in various media from multiple time periods.


Livestreaming Contemporary Art Tours

Livestreamed docent tours are offered two times a day, Mondays through Fridays. 

Tours are 40–45 minutes with 5–10 minutes of Q&A. 

Time Windows 
9:30–10:15 AM
11 – 11:45 AM 

Choose a theme below to explore contemporary artworks that address relevant social issues and ways to reflect on our identities. Students will engage in close-looking, discussion, and a short drawing activity. 

Jenifer Wofford’s Pattern Recognition
  • What are the patterns on this mural, and how do they relate to each other and to the museum community?
  • Who are the Bay Area AAPI artists named on the mural, and what was their impact on the art world?
  • How might students notice the meaningful patterns in their own lives?
Time, Space, and Memory
  • How might art help us to think critically about the spaces and places that shape us?
  • How do these meaningful spaces change over time?    
  • How might we use art to preserve our memories of a particular time and place?
Breaking Barriers: Seeing Feminism
  • How might art help us to understand the gender roles and identities imposed by the societies we live in?
  • How might art enable us to protest and heal from gender-based inequities and violence?
  • How can art help us to broaden and deepen our understanding of feminism?

Note: Some artworks in this tour address cases of sexual violence that have been covered by the media.  Your confirmation letter will include resources where your students can learn more about these cases before or after the tour.