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List of museums of Asian art

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This is a list of museums with major collections of Asian art.

  1. Palace Museum*, Beijing, China 1,800,000 objects
  2. National Museum of China*, Beijing, China 1,050,000 objects
  3. National Palace Museum*, Taipei, Taiwan 700,000 objects
  4. National Museum of Korea, Seoul, South Korea
  5. Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
  6. Shanghai Museum*, China 120,000 objects
  7. National Museum, Japan
  8. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
  9. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
  10. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA
  11. British Museum, London, UK
  12. Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France.
  13. Musée Guimet, Paris, France
  14. Field Museum, Chicago, USA
  15. Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, USA
  16. Art Institute of Chicago, USA
  17. Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C., USA
  18. Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, Germany
  19. Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
  20. Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA
  21. Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, MA, USA
  22. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA

* These museums specialise in only Chinese items; the collections are not comprehensive for all Asia.

Several famous and distinguished collections, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Field Museum (Chicago), Royal Ontario Museum, Museum of Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, Los Angeles County Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum do not provide adequate numerical information for their significant collections. This list, therefore, is only provisional.

Some collecting institutions combine their ethnographic, cultural, and artistic materials together in their total holdings. Such is the case of the British Museum, for example. It would be nearly impossible to distinguish between these types of objects (e.g. "fine arts") in developing a quantitative, as opposed to qualitative, ranking of this kind.

References

List of museums of Asian art Wikipedia


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