Best Art Museums in Asia | China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan

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Beijing
Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology

National Museum of China
No.16 East Chang'an Street, Dongcheng District

National Art Museum of China
No.1 Wusi Main Street, Dongcheng District

Beijing Capital Museum
No.16 Fuxingmenwai Main Street, Xicheng District

Beijing Natural Museum

The Palace Museum (aka Forbidden City)
No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District
A large palace complex built in the 15th century and completely renovated in the 18th century by the Qing dynasty.

China Science and Technology Museum
No.5 Beichendong Road, Chaoyang District

China Aviation Museum
Xiaotangshanzhen, Changping District,

Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum
No.13 Guozijian Street, 北京市东城区国子监街13号

Guangzhou
Guangdong Museum of Art
No. 38 Yanyu Road, Yuexiu District

Guangdong Folk Art Museum
Chen's Lineage Hall, Zhongshan 7 Road, Liwan District

Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum
867 Jiefang North Rd, Yuexiu

Hong Kong
Hong Kong Museum of Art
No.10 Salisbury Road, Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon

Hong Kong Museum of History
100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Hong Kong Science Museum
No.2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon

Hong Kong Heritage Museum
1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin

Dr Sun Yat Sen Museum
No.7 Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central
A four story museum dedicated to the revolutionary Dr. Sun whose lifetime goal was to overthrow the Qing dynasty in the 19th century

Leshan
Han Dynasty Cliff Tombs Museum
Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Resort, Shizhong District,

Lhasa
Tibet Museum
19 Luobu Linka Rd, Chengguan District, 850000

Lhasa Museum
2 Minzu South Road, Chengguan District

Shanghai
Shanghai Museum
201 Renmin Ave, Huangpu

China Art Museum
161 Shangnan Road,Pudong District

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
2000 Century Avenue Pudong New District

Shanghai History Museum
Lujiazui Lu 2,

Shanghai Malev Museum
first floor of Maglev Longyang Rd station
An exhibit about the history and technology of the maglev train

Shanghai Gallery of Art
3 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, Huangp

Museum of Contemporary Art
231 Nanjing West Rd, 黄埔区

Xi'an
Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum
Lintong, Xi'an, Shaanxi

Shaanxi History Museum
91 Xiaozhai east road, Xi'an

Zhouyuan Museum
Shaanxi Province, Baoji City, Fugang County

Forest of Stone Steles Museum
Beilin, Xi'an, Shaanxi

TangBo Art Museum
26 S. Gong Yuan Road

Yanqing County

Great Wall Museum
Bada Mountain Area

Museums in JAPAN   

Atami
MOA Museum of Art
26-2 Momoyama Atami Shizuoka

Chiba
Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art
631 Sakado, Sakura, Chiba

Fukuoka Prefecture
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
3-1 Shimokawabatamachi, Hakata Ward

Fukuoka City Museum
3-1-1, Momochihama, Sawara-ku

Fukuoka Railway Museum
2-3-29 Takitaki, Shimoji-ku

Kyushu National Museum
4-7-2 Ishizaka, Dazaifu City,

Gifu
Hida Takayama Museum of Art
1-124-1 Kamiokamoto-cho, Takayama-shi

Hida Hikaru Museum of Art
Yubinbango506-0051 Takayama

Museum of Fine Art
4-1-22 Usa

Hiroshima
Hiroshima Museum of Art
3-2 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima Central Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
1-2 Nakajimama-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima Central Park

Yamato Museum
5-20 Takaramachi, Kure, Hiroshima

JMSDF Kure Museum
5-32, Takaramachi, Kure, Hiroshima

Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art
Setoda Town Sawa 200-2, Onomichi, Hiroshima

Hokkaido
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art
17 Chome Kita 1 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo

Sapporo Art Park
2-75 Geijutsunomori, Minami Ward, Sapporo

Kitakyushu
Center for Contemporary Art
2 Chome-6-1 Ogura, Yahatahigashi Ward

Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History
2-4-1 Higashida, Yahatahigashi-ku,

Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art
21-1 Nishisayagatanimachi, Tobata Ward, Kitakyushu,

Kobe
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art
1-1-1 Wakinohamakaigandori Chuoku, Kobe

Kobe City Museum
24, Kyo-machi, Chuo-ku, Kobe
displays pertainting to the history of Kobe and its international cultural, social and economical aspects

Kobe Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall
1-6-2 Higashikawasakicho, Chuo-ku, Kobe

Kochi
Museum of Art, Kochi
353-2 Takasu, Kochi

The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum
830 Urado-shiroyama, Kochi

Kyoto
Kyoto National Museum
527 Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku

Kyoto Museum of Modern Art
9 Okazaki, Enshoji-Cho, Sakyo-ku
Numerous exhibits that change frequently but visitors are usually satisifed with rave reviews

Uji Genji Museum
45-26 Uji Higashi-uchi, Uji City

Museum of Kyoto
Sanjo-Takakura,Nakagyo-ku,Kyoto

Kyoto University Museum
Yoshida Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
247 Minamihama-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto
Informationa nd exhiits on sake, its production in an operating brewery

Kagawa Prefecture
Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art
80-1 Hamamachi, Marugame, Kagawa

Nagano Prefecture
The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum
206-1 Koshiba, Shimadach, Matsumoto

Matsumoto City Museum of Art
4-2-22 chuo, Matsumoto City,

Minamicho
Kawanabe Kyosai Memorial Museum
4-36-4 Minami-Cho, Warabii-Shi, Saitama-Ken

Nagano
Rokuzan Art Museum
5095-1 Hotaka, Azumino city

Nagoya
Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art
1-13-2 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku

Nagoya City Art Museum
17-25, Sakae 2 Chome, Naka-ku

Nagoya City Museum
7-1 Mizuho-dori 1-chome, Mizuho-ku

Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Tokugawa Art Museum
1017 Tokugawacho, Higashi Ward

Naoshima
Benesse Art Site Naoshima
Gotanji, Naoshima,

Nara
Nara National Museum

Nara Prefectural Museum of Art
10-6 Noboriojicho, Nara

Nasu
Niki Museum (closed)

Obuse
Hokusai Museum
2-7 Kamezawa, Sumida-ku

Okayama Prefecture
Nagi Museum Of Contemporary Art
441 Toyosawa, Nagi-cho

Okinawa
Sakima Art Museum
Uehara 358, Ginowan City,

Osaka
National Museum of Art
4-2-55 Nakanoshima, kita-ku

Osaka Municipal Museum of Art
1-82 Chausuyamacho, Tennoji Ward, Osaka

Shiga
Miho Museum
300 Shigarakicho Tashiro, Koka

Shizuoka
Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
53-2, Yada, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka City

Tokyo
National Museum of Western Art

7-7 Uenokoen, Taito

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
4-7-25 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa

Museum of Contemporary Art
4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku

National Museum of Modern Art
3-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku

Nezu Institute of Fine Arts
6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama Minato-ku

Setagaya Art Museum
1-2 Kinutakoen, Setagaya

Suntory Museum of Art
9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (due to renovations, will reopen Fall of 2016)
153-0062 Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita Meguro-ku

Tokyo National Museum
110-8712 東京都 Taito, Uenokoen, 13−9

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
3-20-2 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku

Watari Museum of Contemporary Art
3-7-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

Toyota City
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art
471-0034 Aichi, Toyota

Yamagata
Yamagata Museum of Art
990-0046 Otemachi 1-6, Yamagata, Yamagata Prefecture

Yamaguchi
Hagi Uragami Museum
Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture

Yokohama
Yokohama Museum of Art
3-4-1,Minotomarai,Nishi-ku, Yokohoma

Brunei   

Brunei Museum
Bandar Seri Begawan 1510;

Royal Regalia Museum
Bandar Seri Begawan BS8611

Burma   

Myanmar
National Museum
Pyay Road, Yangon (Rangoon); features treasures from the last king of Myanmar.

Myanmar Gems Museum
66 Kaba Aya Pagoda Road, Yangon (Rangoon); Traveler's Tip: see the gem dealers on first levels instead of the 3rd floor museum with entrance fee.

Cambodia   

Phnom Penh
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Street 113, Boeng Keng Kang;
Description: formerly a high school, it was turned into a secret prison in 1975 and horrific tortures by Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime of over 1 million Cambodians and 1000s of foreigners.

National Museum
13th St. Between 178th and 184th Street;
Artworks between the 700 AD and 1300 AD. Collection of over 5000 works range from sculptures, 19th century dance costumes, to palanquins.

Siem Reap
Angkor National Museum
968 Vithei Charles de Gaulle Blvd Khrum 6;
A museum with a focus on the culture of Khmer civilization, archaelogical collections, preservation, and presentation of Angkorian artifacts.

Cambodia Landmine Museum
Angkor National Park, 7km south of Banteay Srey Temple.
Beyond just a museum, it serves as a place of healing for bodies, hearts and minds. Apply to be a volunteer at their Relief Facility to make a change in someone's life.

India   

Mumbai
Bombay Natural History Society

Prince of Wales Museum of Western India

Bangalore
Karnataka Government Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery

Calcutta
Indian Museum

New Delhi
National Museum of India

More Museums in India

Laos   

Luang Prabang
Royal Palace Museum
Sisavangvong, Luang Prabang
Previously known as "Haw Kham features a combination of Fench and Laos architecture

Vientiane
Lao National History Museum
Rue Samsenthai, Vientiane
A French colonial building which houses historical and significant artifacts from the revolutionary period through present day.

Sisaket Temple & Museum
Lane Xang Avenue, Vientiane;
A wonderful temple built over 200 years ago.

Malaysia   

Brinchang

Time Tunnel Museum
255, Jalan Sungai Burong, Brinchang 39100

Kuala Lumpur

Islamic Arts Museum
Jalan Lembah Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, 50480

Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
4, Jalan Ushawan 6 Setapak Jaya, Kuala Lumpur 53300

Petrosains Science Discovery Centre
The Discovery Centre, Level 4, Suria KLCC Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur 50088
(excellent science museum for kids)

Kucjing

Sarawak Museum
Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg Kuching 93566

Penang Island

Pinang Peranakan Museum
29 Church Street, Georgetown, Penang Island 10200

Khoo Kongsi
18 Lebuhraya Cannon, Georgetown, Penang Island 10200

Penang State Museum and Art Gallery
Farquhar Road Lebuh Light, Penang Island 10200

Mongolia   

National History Museum
Juulchin Street-1, POB 332, Ulaanbaatar 210146
website is down

Bogd Khan Palace Museum
Khoroo 11 Ulaanbaatar

Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia ; A must-see small exhibit of traditional Mongolian tangka, applique art, tsam masks and more.

Choijin Lam Temple Museum
City Centre, Ulaanbaatar; a unique and historical temple located in downtown

Museum of Natural History
Sukhbaatar Square, Ulaanbaatar

Nepal   

Pokhara

International Mountain Museum
Rato Pairo, Pokhara; great museum for those who love adventure and trekking mountains.

Gurkha Memorial Museum
British Gurkhas GPO 50, Pokhara; A history of Ghurka soldiers in the British Army displayed on 3 floors including medals, uniforms and more.

Kathmandu

Narayanhiti Palace Museum
Durbar Marg, Kathmandu 44600. A former royal palace which became public in 2008

Lalitpur

Patan Museum
Royal Palace Complex Mangal Bazaar Durbar Marg;
A UNESCO world heritage site

Philippines   

Baguio
BenCab Museum
Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba

Cebu City
Casa Gorordo Museum
35 Lopez Jaena Stree

Manila
Philippine National Museum
Taft Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro
objective is to further educational, scientific, and cultural activies to the public.

San Agustin Museum
Calle Real del Palacio Intramuros Manila 1002
frmerly a church to the , now it is a museum since the 1970s

Pinto Art Gallery
1 Sierra Madre Street, Antipolo City

Makati City
Ayala Museum

Sri Lanka   

Ambalangoda
Ariyapala Mask Museum
426 Main Street

Galle
Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex
Matara Main Road Koggala, Galle

Kandy
Tea Museum
Hantana, Kandy;
very interesting tea factory history on the machines used and manufacturing.

Sigiriya
Sigiriya Museum - A UNESCO World Heritage site considered among the most attractive in South Asia. It features cultural, technological and archaeological aspects.

Taiwan   
Thailand   

Bangkok
Erawan Museum
99/9 Moo 1 Bangmuangmai | Samut Prakan, Bangkok 10270

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
499, Kamphaengpet 6th Road | Lad Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900

The National Museum Bangkok
Na Phrathat Road Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakho, Bangkok 10200,

Phuket
Phuket Trickeye Museum
Phang-Nga 130/1 T. Taladyai, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000, Thailand

Chiang Saen
Chiang Saen National Museum

Chiang Mai
3D Art Museum
199/9 Chang khlan Rd. , Chang Khlan, Chiang Mai 50200

Kanchanaburi
Hellfire Pass Museum
Kanchanaburi Wat Chaichumphon, Kanchanaburi, Thailand; exhibits on the history of the Burma-Siam death railway in World War II. A favorite among tourists.

Vietnam   

Ho Chi Minh City
War Remnants Museum
28 Vo Van Tan St, District 3 -
collection, storage, preservation and exhibitions of photographs and artifacts of the results of war.

FITO Museum
41 Hoang Du Khuong-
features 3,000 related items from the prehistoric era that contributed to traditional Vietnamese medicine.

Museum of Vietnamese History
2 Nguyen Binh Khiem St, District 1 -
houses ancient artifacts and treasures from Vietnam

Fine Arts Museum
7A D Pho Duc Chinh -
Located on three floors of a former mansion, it is one of the best museums in Vietnam due to its substantial display of ancient, national, international, and fine art.

Museum of Ho Chi Minh City - (bảo tàng thành phố hồ chí minh)
65 Ly Tu Trong St -
Located in Gia Long Palace converted from a colonial building to its present use as a museum, the exhibits are predominantly about the war with a sprinkling of art displays

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