Via Eye on blogs we just discovered the newly launched Asian Art Museum blog and Twitter. We love the AA Museum, not only because it has one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian art in the world, but also because of their cool Thursday night MATCHA events.

The blog is mostly about their exhibits, but one of their latest posts on the history of the Museum caught our attention:

One of the first questions I get when people come in the door is, “What was this building before it was a museum?” Well, it was the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library, which opened to the public in 1917. But with the help of Rick Prelinger and his archives, we can see back even further. In this film from 1914, government officials are fighting the opium trade …
It is cool to see the building of city hall in the background, and just by the amount of opium pipes being burnt I can’t imagine what a wild west city this used to be.

Watch the little video of the opium pipe burning here. Oh, and do visit the Museum, especially on Thursday nights or the first Sunday of the month when admission is free!