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Museum Hours
Thurs: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
Cafe Hours
The cafe is temporarily closed.
Location
200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
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Virtual Gallery Tours

The following programs are currently scheduled through December 2021.

Video Tour and Lesson Packages (Grade 6–College)

Registration is free and includes a link to a video, discussion questions, and activities.

Why register? Registering for immediate access helps us know how many students we serve a year.

Beliefs Made Visible: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam in Art (Grades 6–12)

Discover how artworks from South Asia, Southeast Asia, West Asia, and the Himalayas reveal belief systems addressing universal concerns. Students will engage in hands-on activities incorporating close looking, movement, meditation, and drawing to learn about three of the major world religions.

Your confirmation letter will include: links to a NearPod lesson, a Google Classroom lesson, the full tour video, and activities described in the tour.

Content Standards (California): History/Social Science: 6.5. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious and social structures of the civilizations of India. 7.2 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious and social structures of the civilizations of Islam in the Middle Ages.

Ancient China

See how writing developed, learn about 3,000-year-old bronze technologies, and draw conclusions about how beliefs and ideas spread throughout ancient China. Compare your discoveries to your own daily life.

Your confirmation letter will include: links to a NearPod lesson, a Google Classroom lesson, and activities described in the tour.

Content Standards (California): History/Social Science: 6.6. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious and social structures of the early civilizations of China.


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Storytelling Video Tour and Lesson Packages

We have assembled many of our recorded storytelling programs and matched them with activities you can do with your class.

Storytelling Options

Ganesha and Why the Moon Wanes

Do you love the sweet Indian treat ladoo as much as Ganesha? Ganesha will never waste a good ladoo. Learn how this Hindu deity’s love for these sphere-shaped desserts influenced the moon to wane.

Winning Without Hands

On his way to a religious festival, Tsukahara Bokuden, a famous two-sword samurai, resolves a conflict between a younger samurai and a farmer in an unexpected way.

Gecko: A Balinese Folktale

GECK-o! One night, Gecko keeps waking up the village head, Elephant. On a mission to help Gecko fall asleep, Elephant talks with the other neighboring animals to find a solution, which becomes more complicated than it first appeared.

Tiger and the Puppy

Yip, yip! The story “Tiger and Puppy” is about a village with five families, where a mischievous tiger would eat all the food. An unlikely hero, a small puppy, comes to the rescue and helps the villagers capture the tiger.

Odon the Giant

Discover how even the littlest of animals can overcome a giant in this story from the Philippines.

The Dragon’s Pearl

In “The Dragon’s Pearl,” a boy wanders the hills looking for food and finds a pearl in a large patch of the most luscious green grass. He discovers that this pearl is magic and can increase and multiply anything it touches.

The Four Harmonious Friends

In this Jataka Tale, a bird, rabbit, monkey, and elephant work together to harvest fruits from a growing tree.

Ganesha Around the World

In a race around the world with his brother, Ganesha thinks of a clever strategy to win that impresses his parents.

The Magic Tea Kettle (Bunbuku Chagama)

This Japanese folktale tells a story about a magical raccoon-dog, or tanuki, who uses its shape-shifting powers to reward its rescuer for his kindness. “Bunbuku chagama” roughly translates to “happiness bubbling over like a tea kettle.”

Why the Rat Comes First

This Chinese Lunar New Year tale explains why the rat comes first in the zodiac.

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Organizers & Sponsors

The Asian Art Museum Storyteller Program is generously supported by the Kimball Foundation. 

The Asian Art Museum Docent Program is generously supported by the Dhanam Foundation and Society for Asian Art.