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Collections Frequently Asked Questions

How many objects are in the collection?
More than 18,000 objects make up the collection of the Asian Art Museum. Over 12,500 of these objects can be viewed through the Online Collection.

How many objects were given by Avery Brundage?
During his life and through his estate, Avery Brundage donated approximately 7,700 objects to the museum. Browse more than 5,000 objects from the Avery Brundage Collection.

Is the entire collection on view?
Because of constraints of space, light sensitivity, and special exhibition needs, around 2,500 objects are on view in the museum's galleries at any time. Approximately 10% of this number consists of light-sensitive works that are rotated on a regular basis. Browse objects on view by gallery.

How can I make a gift of art to the museum collection?
The collection grows through the generosity of donors, both through outright gifts of art or donations to the acquisitions fund. Learn about making a gift of art.

Can I request a digital image of an object in the collection for my paper or project?
Please visit Photography and Image Rights for information on obtaining images of works in the collection for personal or publication use.

I have a work of art, can you tell me about it?
Museum members at select membership levels may take advantage of Consultation Days to learn about objects in their collection. Learn more about Consultation Days.

Can I access collections not on view?
The objects housed in the museums' storage area are available to the public for serious study Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, by appointment with the Curatorial Department. For information about appointments in the storage area, please visit Access to Collections Not on View.