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International Art Museum of America

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Address: 1025 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103-1605
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+1 415-376-6344
10:00 - 17:00
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Other Worldly Art on Market Street

IAMA offers a quirky mix of Chinese works all on one level, beginning with traditional brush paintings, "progressing" to increasingly bizarre multimedia compilations of resin and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

IAMA offers a quirky mix of Chinese works all on one level, beginning with traditional brush paintings, "progressing" to increasingly bizarre multimedia compilations of resin and animation. The majority of works were by two artists, which we found strange until we discovered the Buddhist element of this museum, which is sponsored by one of the artists and thus is free... More 

Thank mummblingme
Lake Tahoe (Nevada), Nevada
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58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

I could not have conceived what I had committed to when I walked in those doors. I can now understand why the admission is free too. I will certainly never return and would not recommend this venue to anyone that I wanted to maintain a friendship with. I cannot understand why there are any positive reviews of this site.

Thank Dr S
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231 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

The lobby is the only section of the "museum" where photos are allowed. The lobby brings up vibes of a Polynesian-style restaurant or small town flower show. The rest of the building resembles a once grand hotel with ornate details and sweeping staircases. The museum itself is a very strange homage to one person, Dorje Chang. A bust of Chang... More 

Thank roxieontheroad
San Francisco, California
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161 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Seeing free whimsical art at no cost in San Francisco gets a 5 star in my book in any planet! I am no artist but I appreciate it, this place was very welcoming and conveniently located between Powell and Civic Bart station off Market St. I am not cognitively drawn to Asian classical paintings but I was very surprised by... More 

Thank Megan K
Charleston, South Carolina
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

This quiet little art museum if FREE. It is right on Market Street and is a little hidden. It has a lovely collection of art on the second floor in quite a number of rooms, European and Asian art. For art lovers, definitely worth a trip

Thank ACCChas
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200 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2016

Its a very beautiful place to stopover after shopping and walking over city. Peace and quiet place and its free too...........

Thank loo c
Queenstown, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2015

The title may be misleading in terms of the art not being international. Maybe universal would be a better word if they're aiming for hinting at how the knowledge and interpretation behind Dorje Chang's is universal. The works were beautiful and thought provoking. But for most people that do not come from a Buddhist background could be confusing hence the... More 

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Pleasant Hill, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2015

Just happened to be walking by and it looked very interesting from the outside. Step inside and ground floor was like a tiki bar with water, ferns and plants. Second floor has quite an extensive artwork collection from China and some European influence.

1 Thank travelwithpam
Zurich, Switzerland
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70 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2015

This place is hilarious! A vehicle for the most egregious artwork we have ever seen, mainly from the so-called H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. He not only paints hilarious bling dross, but also makes frames and "sculpture" too. It is really fantastically funny, so long as you go with the right attitude. It's been suggested by others on tripadvisor... More 

5 Thank WiPhi01
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2015

Since its inception IAMA has amassed works from many parts of the world and is a real centre of peace and tranquility on this busy street. Recommended in Jonathan B's guide to San Fran this is home to an absolutely incredible array of the 16 painting styles of H H Donje Chang Buddha 111. He is the only person in... More 

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