In the event of a government shutdown, the National Museum of Asian Art will remain OPEN through at least Saturday, October 7, by using prior year funds. Visit for updates.

Recent Highlights

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    Teaching China with the Smithsonian

    Discover the richness of one of the world’s oldest civilizations through Teaching China with the Smithsonian.

    Visit the resource
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    The Arts of Devotion

    Learn about Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism through The Arts of Devotion, a five-year initiative at the National Museum of Asian Art that furthers civic discourse and understanding of religion.

    Learn more about the initiative
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    We draw on cultural traditions from across Asia in festivals and events that bring the museums to life for visitors of all ages. Immerse yourself in celebrations featuring art, music, theater, dance, and food that highlight local and international artists and communities.

    Learn more about our celebrations
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    Smithsonian Learning Lab

    Take a closer look at more of our educator and caregiver resources below and through the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

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    East Asian Textile Database

    Researchers, conservators, and conservation scientists can now contribute to the East Asian Textile Database we created in collaboration with MFA Boston, available on CAMEO.

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    Google Arts & Culture

    Explore our online tours through Google Arts & Culture.

K-12 Field Trips

Book a live, interactive, docent-led online tour or visit us in person.

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Educator Resources

Your one-stop destination for curriculum guides, lesson plans, classroom posters, and more.

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Professional Development

Join us as we engage in creative teaching strategies and explore interdisciplinary curriculum connections focused on the National Museum of Asian Art’s collections and exhibitions.

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