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[1]
  2. National Museum of China *, Beijing, China
    1,050,000 objects[2]
  3. National Palace Museum *, Taipei, Taiwan
    700,000 objects[3]
  4. National Museum of Korea, Seoul, South Korea
    150,000 objects[4]
  5. Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
    130,000 objects[5]
  6. Shanghai Museum *, China
    120,000 objects[6]
  7. National Museum, Japan
    120,000 objects[7]
  8. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
    ~100,000 objects[8]
  9. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
    60,000 objects[9]
  10. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA
    60,000 objects[10]
  11. British Museum, London, UK
    55,000+ objects[11]
  12. Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France.
    58,000 objects[12]
  13. Musée Guimet, Paris, France
    ~50,000 objects[13]
  14. Field Museum, Chicago, USA
    ~50,000 objects[14]
  15. Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, USA
    ~40,000 objects[15]
  16. Art Institute of Chicago, USA
    35,000 objects[16]
  17. Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C., USA
    26,500 objects[17]
  18. Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, Germany
    20,000 objects[18]
  19. Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
    ~20,000 objects[19]
  20. Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA
    18,000 objects[20]
  21. Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, MA, USA
    16,000 objects[21]
  22. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA
    10,450 objects[22]

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.

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

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