Pocket-sized artworks never fail to fascinate. Explore the enduring appeal of intricately carved netsuke (mini-sculptures in ivory, horn, and bone), delicately inlaid inro (small boxes designed to hang from a kimono belt), and sophisticated sword fittings from Japan. Marvel at tiny precious-stone snuff bottles from China, fashioned into the shapes of favorite foods, and lustrous jades from across Chinese history.
Join us for a peek behind the screens — brand-new virtual tours led by Asian Art Museum curators showcase favorite objects, uncover hidden histories, and give you a taste of all we offer, from the oldest artworks in San Francisco to the city’s best new murals.
On Saturday afternoons, grab your preferred device, curl up on the couch, and embark on an illuminating tour through different museum galleries. With Zoom as your portal, and a specialist to guide you, you’ll have close-up encounters with works from our world-famous collection, revisit recent exhibitions, and preview new contemporary installations. Afterward, take part in a live, friendly conversation with one of our curators — all from the safety and comfort of home.
Focusing on a single subject at a time, each 20-minute tour is led by an expert who shares insights into millennia of craft and creativity and reveals the stories behind the art.
Tours are free for members. Click on the “Buy Tickets” link to reserve a ticket for the ‘Tiny Things’ virtual tour led by Dr. Robert Mintz, Deputy Director of Art & Programs, or a package of six or more tours at a discounted price. See the full lineup.
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