Asian Art Museum

San Francisco , CA


200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA US 94102 (map)




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The historic and regal building that houses San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum is as captivating as the art inside. A massive stone Beaux-Arts structure—which was built in 1917 and... Read more
The historic and regal building that houses San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum is as captivating as the art inside. A massive stone Beaux-Arts structure—which was built in 1917 and functioned as the city’s Main Library for decades—stands four stories high with columns, stairs, and inscriptions completing its stately façade. Gleaming marble surfaces, beautifully carved stone arches, and antique light fixtures greet visitors in the lobby and grace the sophisticated special event spaces beyond.

The stunning transformation from book repository to museum was masterminded by Italian architect Gae Aulenti, who is perhaps best known for taking a defunct train station in Paris and turning it into the award-winning Musée D’Orsay.

Through the central archway leading off the lobby, guests encounter the opulent Grand Staircase and Loggia, which still retain an early 1900s elegance. Three flights of gently ascending travertine marble steps lead up to the Loggia, an airy arcade that overlooks the staircase and has a decorative barrel-vaulted ceiling. The glass cases that line its walls display an array of distinctive Asian ceramics, and remind us that this is indeed a museum. Some couples have married on the stairs, which look amazing when decorated with candles and flowers; with this setup, wedding attendees observe the ceremony from the Loggia above, as if gazing upon royalty. Once the service concludes, cocktails, passed champagne and hors d’oeuvres are served in the Loggia, where tall tables, candles and special linens personalize the space. During this time, your guests can explore the art galleries situated on either side of the Hall, where a world-class collection of works from China, Japan and Korea awaits.

For an elegant sit-down dinner and dancing, the adjacent Samsung Hall is equally classy. Vast and square-shaped, it continues the visual theme of columns and plenty of marble, but also boasts enormous glass-filled arches crisscrossed with intricate metalwork on three of its four walls. A huge bronze chandelier illuminates the festivities from high above. When you add linen-clad tables, mood lighting and the dulcet sounds of a string quartet, the hall feels positively palatial.

If you prefer a contemporary setting, the museum has a pair of almost identical courts on the lower level that are connected by two open hallways. Known as the North and South Courts, they were completely remodeled during the museum construction, and present a striking contrast to the historic sections of the facility. Their thoroughly modern and minimalist design features clean lines, a marble floor, and an angular ceiling of skylights nearly three stories above. Because of their considerable size, the Courts lend themselves to a wide range of event options: wedding ceremonies, sit-down dinners, buffets with food stations, and cocktail parties. You can even create a lounge atmosphere by bringing in a bar, conversational groupings of couches, and tables and chairs.

Before the festivities begin, brides who want a secluded spot in which to get ready or relax can utilize the lovely Peterson Room on the first floor. A lavish private room, it has Oriental rugs and Asian-inspired décor that’s very Zen.

There are many advantages to planning an event at the Asian Art Museum, but the main one is this: No matter where you hold your celebration, you’re surrounded by beauty. The building has so much style and history (not to mention its world-renowned art collection) that you don’t have to add much to make your celebration dazzling. Read less
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The Asian Art Museum was the venue of our wedding and the most beautiful place we could have ever imagined getting married. Lorraine and Minda were great to work with and very responsive and flexible. There were a few moments when I thought I would have to change my wedding date and Minda calmly said "we'll figure it out" and I knew I made the right decision. At the last minute, we were supposed to use a podium for our ceremony we found out it was destroyed by a party the previous week, Lorraine and team scrambled to find us a music stand that was perfect and most importantly usable for our ceremony. We had very little to worry about and a lot to be grateful for. It is not a budget friendly place, but it is worth every penny. The Asian Art Museum takes care of all your location needs and if you hire McCalls like we did, wedding day works like a well oiled machine, everyone knows their places and all emergencies have been dealt with and had before, they are all trained for everything!
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We are so blessed to have our wedding at the most amazingly beautiful wedding venue in SF! BEFORE we even booked the museum, Minda, their events coordinator, provided exceptional service. She quickly responded to my thousands of questions and provided us with countless tours of the venue to help us finalize our decision. She also helped us select wedding vendors that have experience working in the museum. Without a doubt, Minda contributed to the success of our wedding and keeping me sane during the crazy wedding planning months.

As for the venue itself, the museum is a gorgeous space and also a very unique venue compared to other Bay Area locales. We had the cocktail hour at the loggia where the staircase and intricately designed ceiling make it quite a spectacular space to drink it up with your guests. Also our guests were able to enjoy the museum galleries. The dinner was served in Samsung Hall, where the tall ceilings and beautiful windows make the space feel incredibly grand.

This venue does come with a hefty price tag, but if you have been doing research with SF venues, their rental fee is actually competitively priced as compared to Flood Mansion and Bentley Reserve. Also you can think of the rental fee as a sizable donation to support the arts and culture of San Francisco.

The museum contains priceless artwork so there are a lot rules vendors need to deal with. An experienced wedding coordinator handled all those vendor rules for us, and we weren't stressed about it at all during the wedding day. We LOVE LOVE the museum and we are so happy that we could have our wedding in one of the most beautiful museums in SF (or even the country)!
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