The de Young often features traveling exhibits from all over the world. It's in a fantastic modernist building which has a tower that you can go up (free of charge) for a great view of Golden Gate Park and the surrounding city.
The de Young showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, rotating international contemporary art, textiles, and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific and Africa. The current building was completed by architects Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron and Fong + Chan and…
• [free!] 1 hour roundtrip, 10-15 minute walk from home - If you are pushed on time and just want a view, there is a free elevator up to an observatory deck - Unparalleled 360 view of SF
A diverse collection of fine arts in a building with a dramatic copper facade in Golden Gate Park.
It’s located in the middle of Golden Gate Park. They have wonderful seasonal exhibits and there are several things you can do while in GGP as well. There’s also a fantastic viewing deck that you can view almost the entirety of SF.
A fairly new museum with a tower for great views. Its got a large variety of interesting art on display, and a ticket here gets you into the Legion of Honor muesum and vice versa. A great deal! The area around here is very scenic as well.
“A research institute and natural history museum in San Francisco, California, that is among the largest museums of natural history in the world, housing over 46 million specimens.The Academy began in 1853 as a learned society and still carries out a large amount of original research. It is California's oldest museum.”
“What to say? One of the great parks of the United States. Just head down the hill to Kezar Stadium (at the very bottom of Willard Street) and you'll see the GGP right beyond it (walk around Kezar to the west to enter the park). You can also enter on Stanyan and Haight (and at many other points). Enjoy the Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, the Conservatory of Flowers (great night time light shows in the summer and winter) and many, many other features of the park.”
“The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was the first museum in this part of the country to show only modern art. There are currently more than 29,000 pieces of work on display including paintings, sculptures, photographs and architecture”
“Its free, inside it is a relaxing place with an array of flowers and plants. ”