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“What a wonderful museum!”

Asia Society and Museum
Ranked #330 of 1,103 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: Asia Society Museum organizes groundbreaking exhibitions of both traditional and contemporary Asian and Asian American art. The Museum is known for its Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Collection of masterpiece-quality traditional Asian works, and for its cutting-edge Contemporary Art Collection of videos and new media art by Asian and Asian American artists. A recognized leader in identifying and fostering contemporary Asian and Asian American artists, Asia Society Museum was one of the first American museums to establish a program of contemporary Asian art in the early 1990s.
NYC
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66 reviews
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“What a wonderful museum!”
Reviewed 26 January 2013

I live in NYC, and yet I had never made it into this museum - until today - so see the Lin Tianmiao show, which took my breath away. Besides the fabulous show, there is a cafe that looks out onto Park Avenue and 69th street - which was a really nice space and is a great place to get away from the crowds and relax with some tea (and many other choices on the menu). I was surprised that for a smaller museum, the bookstore/gift shop had such a wide selection of things (books, games/toys, beauty products, clothing, jewelry and more). Check out their great website, http://asiasociety.org/arts/asia-society-museum and see what is currently on display. If you are visiting the city - it's worth stopping in!

Visited January 2013
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Florida
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“This Gem Is Too Often Overlooked”
Reviewed 4 November 2012

Ex New Yorkers like my husband and I would never go to NTC without first seeing what the Asian Society is featuring. On our recent trip I took my husband to see works by Lin Tianmiao and was so mesmerized I brought another friend back the next day. Two the the rooms of her works envelope you with her message. Her work is here until Jan. 27th - don't miss it.
Lin Tianmiao is only one example of thoughtfully excellent creativity; work at the Asia Society is outstanding. The museum is small, not crowded, in an excellent neighborhood and boasts a lovely gift shop.

Visited October 2012
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Revolutionary Ink”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

Wu GuonZhon emerged from study in Paris and Communist China's punishment for study in Paris with a vision grounded in landscape and traditional Chinese painting, black ink, Chinese watercolor on rice paper. He understood the Grand Canyon and the Yellow River with equal insight and passion. His paintings became a unique vision, leading by example while other Chinese artists sought abstract expressionism. Eventually China recognized him as one of their great 20th painters. You can, too, well into August 2012.

Visited July 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Another gem of a small museum.”
Reviewed 29 May 2012

I love small museums. I can see everything and not get worn out. This one always has excellent exhibits, and is well-worth a visit.

Visited May 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“High-Quality Exhibitions, Low Crowds”
Reviewed 12 March 2012

I'm horrified to admit that it took me years of multiple visits to New York to get around to the Asia Society. And now that I've seen it, I'm positive it'll become a regular location. The place is ultra-manageable in size, and has no crowds to deal with-- a nice break from other NYC attractions. And their exhibitions are high-quality and world-class. So you're not only getting a relaxing time away from the hustle and bustle, but you're enjoying some of the finest the city can offer. I urge a trip-- it will not disappoint.

Visited March 2012
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