Museum Hours
Thu: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Workshops and Activities

Storyteller Volunteer Information Session

Join us in-person at the museum to learn more about the upcoming year-long training (August 2024–July 2025) to become a volunteer Storyteller at the museum.

Please RSVP by completing this Interest Form

The Art of Storytelling Across Asian Cultures

This class has been designed to teach storytelling skills and techniques to volunteers at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. The stories focus on folktales, legends, and myths from many countries across Asia. Using a child-sensitive approach, storytelling tours are offered for elementary school groups preschool groups, and families. The training will prepare volunteers to skillfully blend storytelling techniques with close-looking art strategies. The class will meet from August 2024 to July 2025.


It is the storyteller’s ambition to ignite in each child a sense of awe and excitement. If the storyteller is truly successful, youngsters will bound out of the front door and down the steps, thinking the museum is a place like no other: a place of wonder and beauty, where they hope to return very soon (hopefully with parents in tow). Since 1994, this unique program has been vital to the Asian Art museum’s community outreach. We have served as many as 30,000+ young and adult visitors annually — free to the public!

Learn more about volunteering as a storyteller.

Organizers & Sponsors

 General support for education is provided by The William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation Education and Research Fund; The Hearst Foundations; the California Arts Council; The Joseph & Mercedes McMicking Foundation; The Morrison & Foerster Foundation; and the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Additional support is provided by Dodge & Cox; the Sato Foundation; and Doris and Stephen Chun.

Sustained support generously provided by an endowment established by The Hearst Foundations and by the KT Foundation – In memory of Grace Kase and Harry Tsujimoto.


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


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

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