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Asia Society




725 Park Ave, At East  70.











Mission and History

The Asia Society was founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd to foster understanding between Asians and Americans. Asia House, on East 64th Street in New York City, was the first home of the nonprofit, nonpolitical educational institution. In 1981, the Asia Society moved to its current headquarters at 725 Park Avenue, a red granite building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes to house the Society's galleries, auditorium, bookstore, gift shop and offices.

Since the founding of the Asia Society, its programming has encompassed the public affairs, arts and cultures of all of the diverse countries of Asia, and, in response to changing demographics in the U.S., has expanded to include programs relating to Asian American issues. Unlike organizations that limit their activities to a particular country or area, the Asia Society looks at all of Asia, without excluding any country, area or issue from its mandate. This pan-Asian approach makes sense at a time when many Asia/Pacific nations are forging stronger economic and political links with their neighbors, and many pressing issues, from trade to security to the environment, cut across national boundaries.

Former U. S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher described the Asia Society as "America's preeminent organization linking Asians and Americans."


The Asia Society was founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller III to foster understanding between Asians and Americans. In 1979, Mr. Rockefeller and his wife granted this institution a collection of over 300 works ranging from paintings, ceramics and sculpture which date as far back as 2000 BC.

The Asian Society's pan-Asian approach to covering all of Asia's cultures is evident in its exhibitions and its other offerings. Exhibitions of ancient and modern art, as well as programs consisting of the performing arts, lectures, films, speeches are what make this institution.

Asia Society and Museum Hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., with extended evening hours Fridays until 9:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays and major holidays.

Exhibition Tours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
(Friday also at 6:30 p.m.)
Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
AsiaStore: Saturday - Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Garden Court Café: Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday - Sunday, High tea, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed on Mondays and major holidays.

Admission $7; $5 for seniors and students with ID; free for members and persons under 16.

Group Tours

Groups are welcome at the Asia Society and Museum. To arrange a group tour, call Nancy Blume at 212-327-9237.



About Asia Society

The Asia Society is America's leading institution dedicated to fostering understanding of Asia and communication between Americans and the peoples of Asia and the Pacific.Through art exhibitions and performances, films, lectures, seminars and conferences, publications and assistance to the media, and materials and programs for students and teachers, the Asia Society presents the uniqueness and diversity of Asia to the American people.

Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, the Society reaches audiences around the United States through its headquarters in New York and regional centers in Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Asians from all walks of life also participate in the Society's work through its regional centers in Hong Kong, Manila, Melbourne and Shanghai, an International Council, and programs in Asia.

A national nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization, the Society provides a forum for building awareness of the more than thirty countries broadly defined as the Asia-Pacific region - the area from Japan to Iran, and from Central Asia to New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands.

The Asia Society is supported by contributions from foundations, corporations, and individuals who believe in the mandate of the Society: to build bridges of understanding between Americans and Asians.

The symbol of the Asia Society is the leogryph.

Asia Society