As you may or may not know, one great way to explore the Pacific Asia Museum galleries is through our award-winning Audio Tour. We recently received a special grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to significantly expand the tour, offering new Curatorial and Family Series, in English, Chinese and Korean. These fun tours not only give you information about key objects throughout the museum, but also share traditional legends as well as original poetry and music inspired by the collection. The Poetry Series was made possible by Poets on Site and funded in part by the Jeanne Ward Foundation and the Katharine Audrey Webb Foundation.
Throughout the museum, labels with a symbol alert you to items with audio content and give the numbers for that stop. All you have to do is call (626) 628-9690 and enter the number plus # to listen. You can stay on the line and continue to enter new numbers, or hang up and call back. The best part is, you don’t even have to be at Pacific Asia Museum to listen! If you particularly enjoyed a track, you can listen to it again from home and share with your friends and family.
Here are a couple great examples to get started, right in front of your computer:
20#– Cricket Ticklers
From the Poetry Series, this stop includes tanka and haiku poems read by the poets, accompanied by a serene flute. These poems are inspired by the cricket ticklers currently on view in our Introductory Gallery.
51#– Technology and Art
From the Curatorial Series, here we explore how we learned more about our rare Bodhisattva and Consort statue through a CT scan, and what may hide within. Also in Chinese (204#) and Korean (304#).
72#– The Story of Ganesha
From the Family Series, this stop shares the story of Ganesha, son of the Hindu deity Parvati, Shiva’s consort. Learn how he got an elephant’s head and his place in the Hindu pantheon. Also in Chinese (209#) and Korean (309#).
A comprehensive list of stops is available in a brochure at our front desk, also uploaded on our website. Check out pacificasiamuseum.org/audiotour to download a PDF of the brochure, and check the same page soon for all the recordings and transcripts. Let us know what you think! ~CM
Bodhisattva and Consort, China, Ming dynasty; Yongle period (1403-1424 AD), wood, Gift from the Nancy King collection, Pacific Asia Museum Collection, 2001.1.47
Ganesha, India, 11th C., red sandstone, From the collection of Harold and Jane Ullman, Pacific Asia Museum Collection, 1991.67.9