The Asia Society – Culture on the Upper East Side

Just a few short blocks north of 11 East 68th Street, The Asia Society is a non-partisan, non-profit, and “100% dedicated” to educating people around the world about Asian culture, art, business and politics, The Asia Society has been a New York institution since it was established in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller III, whose collection of Asian art remains a permanent part of the museum’s exhibits.

Standing at 725 Park Avenue, this organization and museum was set up to promote stronger community bonds between Americans and Asian immigrants, while also educating Americans about a wide variety of Asian cultures, including those of China, Korea, Japan and India.

Today, New York’s Asia Society has expanded itself into a much broader role, with offices around the country (Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington), as well as the globe (Hong Kong, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, Seoul and Shanghai). Now, not only does the Society provide education about Asian culture, it is actively working to provide practical tools for American students and children to handle futures in a more globalized world.

In addition to interactive tours of the Museum for Grades 3 through 12, there are Coca Cola Family Days that provide kids and their parent’s space to explore the geography, customs, holidays and art of Asia. Most importantly of all though, the Asia Society’s Partnership for Global Learning program is now giving young people the knowledge and tools to work within an increasingly global society and economy – something enabled by the organization’s presence and partnerships all over Asia.

Along with its ongoing educational efforts, the Asia Society has regular movie screenings, music concerts and political discussions and forums, all open to the public, as well as numerous private awards ceremonies, benefits and events.

The Asia Society is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, with extended hours every Friday, as long as it’s not the summer season. During extended Fridays, admission is free between 6pm and 9pm. Admission is free at all times for children under 16-years-old, $5 for students, $7 for seniors and $10 general admission.

With so many fascinating works of art to look at, and so much information to absorb, we’d say that’s a real bargain.