The first and only museum in the region dedicated to the arts of Asia. Spread over an surprisingly large space, four floors to be exact, its collection features four clearly defined sections. The first introduces relations between Trieste and the East during the 18th and 19th centuries (presumably in connection with industrialisation), the second exhibits Gandharan Buddhist sculpture, the third has all manner of textiles, ceramic ritual artifacts and of course chinaware (well you didn't think they would forget that one). Confusingly the Japanese section (the fourth and final) also has chinaware, and if you can get over that there are also masks, musical instruments and weapons to gawk at on a lazy afternoon. The usual guided tours and bookshop are not absent from the museum. Note that at the time of writing it is closed for 'technical reasons'.