The Asia Society is a leading global and pan-Asian organization that works to improve relations among the people and institutions of the United States and Asia. While it works in fields including policy, business and education, the Society also maintains a robust museum.
The museum’s main collection is from the estate of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, and includes many master works of Asian art that date from the 11th century BC to the 19th century. The Rockefeller collection, one of the most notable holdings of Asian art in the country, includes a gilt Boddhisattva sculpture from Nepal, Song and Ming dynasty Chinese ceramics, and Chola period Indiana bronzes.
In 2007, the museum established a collection of contemporary Asian art. The contemporary collection counts works such as Nam June Paik’s Li Tai Po, photographs by Zhang Peili and Huang Yan, and art by Yoko Ono and Shilpa Gupta.
Special programs are regularly offered. They have included a lecture by Maya Lin, a talk by architect Rem Koolhaas on Hong Kong’s modernization, and a program on the pilgrimage of art and community in Laos.
Asia Society and Museum Information
- Public Transportation: Excellent (convenient to subway line 6 at 68th Street/Hunter College; F at Lexington Avenue/63rd Street; and buses M1, M2, M3, M4, M66, M72, M98, M101, M102, and M103)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (open Fridays until 9 p.m. except July 4–Labor Day), closed Mondays
- Admission: Regular admission $10, Seniors $7, Students $5, Members and Children (under 16) Free; discounts for adult groups of 20 or more (includes personalized tour-planning assistance). Admission is free to all on Fridays from 6 p.m.–9 p.m. (free Fridays suspended July 4 to Labor Day)
- Tours: Free
- Audio Tours: Free cell-phone audio tour is included in the price of admission
- Membership: $65 individual membership fee entitles members to unlimited free admission, invitations to members-only exhibition previews and other events, and additional discounts on merchandise. Teacher membership $50. Discounted $40 membership available to students, seniors (65+), and associates (those living in the United States beyond a150-mile radius of New York City)
- Other Benefits: The Asia Circle ($150/annual) is for museum patrons 21–40 and hosts events designed exclusively for its members, spanning the areas of arts, culture, business, politics, current affairs, and social issues.