Asia Society and Museum

Location: 725 Park Ave., New York The Asia Society and Museum’s stated aim is to foster understanding of Asia and enhance communication among Americans and the people of Asia and the Pacific. With that in mind, the facility boasts a huge collection of Asian art masterpieces donated by founder John D. Rockefeller. The array includes sculptures, ceramics and paintings from a wide range of locales – China, Korea, Japan and India, circa 2000 B.C. to the 19th century. All are displayed in renovated galleries. There’s also a full schedule of films, live performances and lectures, and the Asia Store has an impressive collection of books and other items. A new media-information system and visitor center allows guests to access a huge database of information about Asian culture, society and events. A glass-enclosed, sky-lit courtyard bathes the lobby in light and boasts art installations, flowering vines and trees. And visitors can’t help but enjoy the peaceful and relaxing indoor sculpture garden. It can be a sweet and welcome respite during a frenzied day of sightseeing. The museum’s Garden Court Café is a popular eatery