5 Asian Art Collections Available Online for Asian Pacific Heritage Month

May is officially Asian Pacific Heritage Month! While going out to immerse yourself in AAPI culture may not be an option, you can still visit these virtual museum collections. 

Here is just a small sampling of the vast amount of information we can learn from history:

American Museum of Natural History: Asian Ethnographic Collection

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This museum houses a vast collection of Asian Ethnographic pieces. There are about 44,000 objects that can be filtered by culture or country.

The Art Institute of Chicago: Asian Collection

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There are over 1,000 pieces of Chinese, Japanese, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, and Korean art.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology: Eastern Art Collection focuses specifically on Eastern Art and can be filtered by material, geography, period, and department.

Chester Beatty Library: East Asian and Islamic Collections Image Gallery

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There are more than 120 works with selected pieces from East Asian and Islamic Collections as well as countries including China, Japan, Tibet, Mongolia, South, Southeast, and West Asia.

USC Pacific Asia Museum: Explore the Collections

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This collection has more than 17,000 objects that are rare and representative examples of art and ethnographic objects from Asia and the Pacific Islands.


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: East and South Asian Art Collections

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The collection spans 4,5000 years, represented by paintings, prints, sculptures, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, and more from China, Japan, and Korea.

Feature images via @vmfamuseum (left) @amnh (right)

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