Where does the Asia Society receive its funding from?
The Asia Society is supported by contributions from foundations, corporations, and individuals who believe in our mission.
Is the Asia Society a part of the U.S. government, the United Nations, or any other multilateral or state organization?
No, the Asia Society is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.
Does Asia Society offer grants and fellowships?
Asia Society is not a grant-making organization. A limited number of fellowship opportunities are occasionally available—visit our Careers page for details.
Do I have to be a member to visit or attend programs?
Asia Society exhibitions and programs are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated. The best way to experience Asia Society is through the benefits of membership including unlimited free admission to the Museum and discounts on programs and in AsiaStore and the Garden Court Café.
How do I become a member?
You can become a member through our website here, where you will find links to membership at our various locations.
Does Asia Society offer language classes?
You can find out more about language-related activities and programming here.
How can I find out about working at Asia Society?
All job openings, internships, and volunteer opportunities are listed on our website here.
Can I rent space at Asia Society and Museum?
For information on renting space at Asia Society and Museum in New York, please visit our Space Rental page or inquire further with the Events Department at 212-327-9322.
Please note that Museum space cannot be rented.
Can I list my event on Asia Society's web calendar?
Only Asia Society events are listed on our institutional website.
Where is Asia Society located? How do I find out what's going on at Asia Society?
Asia Society has major centers and public buildings in New York, Hong Kong and Houston in addition to offices in other cities throughout the United States, in Europe, and in Asia. Each location has a website, see here for the listing, where you can learn more about local activities.
How are the themes and topics of Asia Society exhibitions selected?
Asia Society exhibitions are selected on the basis of originality of theme, quality of the artwork, and scholarship of the curators. We do not accept unsolicited exhibition proposals.
What kind of art will I find at the Asia Society Museum? How can I find out about visiting?
The Museum exhibits traditional, modern and contemporary Asian and Asian American art. Exhibitions feature works from the permanent collection as well as objects on loan.
You may learn more about what is currently on view at the Asia Society Museum in New York here, along with information about upcoming and past exhibitions. Visit the websites for Hong Kong and Houston to find out what is on view in the galleries there.
What is in the permanent collection?
The Asia Society Museum Collection comprises both traditional and contemporary Asian and Asian American art. The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection includes about 280 objects of exceptional quality from the traditional artistic cultures of Far, South, and Southeast Asia. In 2007, Asia Society launched a collecting program concentrated on the acquisition of contemporary Asian and Asian American art, the first U.S. museum to formally establish a collection focused exclusively on the field.
The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection is thoroughly documented on the website The Collection in Context which includes maps, detailed object information and "Looking Deeper" essays that feature new scholarship concerning the collection.
How do I donate works of art from my collection to the Museum?
Please be aware that the Museum’s collections policy is highly selective. Please send a photograph of your work of art to the Curator of Traditional Asian Art or the Curator of Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art for consideration:
Asia Society Museum
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021-5088
In order for the Museum to consider the work, enclose a letter indicating your intention to offer the work as a gift, along with detailed object information (artist, artist's dates, title, work date, medium, dimensions, provenance, insurance value, and preferred credit line for the gift). The Museum will be in contact with you if interested in the work.
What is the procedure for submitting my portfolio for review by the Museum’s curatorial staff?
If you would like to submit work, please send us a cover letter, no more than 20 slides, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. We cannot accept original works of art, nor do we assume responsibility for any original works that are submitted. Please address the submission to:
Curator of Contemporary Art
Asia Society Museum
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
The Museum is not responsible for any unsolicited submissions. Due to the large number of submissions, it may take up to one year to review your materials. Please do not call the Museum to inquire about the status of your submission. We do not guarantee a response but will be in contact with you if we are interested in your work.
How do I find out the value of a work of art or other interesting object that I own?
Below is a list of reputable organizations to contact:
316 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009
American Society of Appraisers
P.O. Box 17625
Washington, DC 20041
Tel: 703-742-8471; 1-800-ASA-VALU
Appraisers Association of America
386 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
Art Dealers Association of America
575 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Where would I go to have a work of art restored?
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, at 202-452-9545, guides collectors on how to find and choose qualified conservators in their particular area of the country.
Does the Museum have images that I can borrow from or use? What is the fee for obtaining photographs and transparencies for reproduction?
If you are interested in seeking reproduction rights for images of works in the Museum's collection, please fax a request indicating the image and detailing proposed use to 212-517-7246.