200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, Ca. 94102
(415) 581 - 3500
Asian Art Museum
DescriptionThe Asian Art Museum is located at 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Eight steps with ramps on either side lead to three, double-doors with push-button assist. The large, marble lobby has an admission desk, ramp to the left or two steps to the right to get to the museum proper.
The three floor museum has two elevators, an escalator, and stairs to all floors. All flooring is smooth. Galleries are spacious, with a bench in each. The one level, Samsung Auditorium is located on the second floor. There is no problem with acessibility.
Multi-stall, handicapped-accessibe restrooms, with baby-changing stations, are located on each level. The third floor restroom has the largst handicapped stall.
A cafe and museum shop are located on the main level.
- Paths and walkways: concrete
Doors: three sets of double-doors, push-button assist
Number of floors: 3
Ramps: escalators to all levels
Steps and staircases: to all leves
Width of aisles: spacious
Places to sit: bench in each gallery
Location of restrooms: on each level
Type of restroom: multi-stall, handicapped-accessible
Ease of entry and exit: OK
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: cafe on main level
Friendliness of staff: very pleasant and informative
Notes: *There is no dedicated parking lot. There are two handicapped spaces on Fulton Street, next to the museum, two spots next to the SF Library (across the street) and one spot n Larkin Street at Fulton. There are several garages nearby. Passengers can be dropped off in the "white space" on Larkin Street.
Our first foray on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) came with our decision to visit the Asian Art Museum. Since the museum is only two blocks from the Civic Center BART stop we thought we would try it rather than contend with what we know is horrific traffic into San Francisco on any given morning. Taking the train was relatively easy, although we did have to contend with no escalators in operation at our stop.
We walked the two blocks to the museum, passing the beautiful City Hall. If you are ariving by car there are two handicapped spaces on Fulton Street, next to the museum, two spots next to the San Francisco Library (across the street) and one spot on Larkin Street at Fulton. There are several garages in the neighborhod, so you can always drop passengers off in the “”white space”” on Larkin Street before heading to a garage.
The main entrance has eight steps as well as ramps nicely integrated on either side of the steps, leading to the three sets of double doors, with push-button assist. The large, marble lobby has an admission desk with a ramp to the left or two steps to the right to enter the museum proper.
Since its incoporation n 1957 the museum has been housed in several locations. It has been here since2003, in a beautifully renovated building that was formally the San Francisco Public Library.
The Asian Art Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted exclusively to the arts of Asia (web) Much of its permanent collection was donated by Avery Brundage. Since San Francisco is one of America’s most Asian cities it is fitting that this museum is located here.
The three floor museum has two elevators, an escalator and stairs to all levels. The Samsung auditorium is all on one level with moveable chairs so there is no problem with accessibility.
As we made our way through the galleries we were happy to find a bench in each one. It is nice to be able to sit and take in all the beautiful works.
Several exhibitions on the main floor were not quite open yet, but we had more than enough to see for a first visit. The variey of cultures represented and the span of time is incredible.
The museum is easily naigable, with smooth floors and spacious galleries.
Each floor has multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms, with baby-changing stations. The third floor restroom has the largest handicapped stall.
A lovely cafe is located on the main floor as well asa museum shop with some beautiful items.
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to visit a venue’s website, www.asianart.org, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”