Art Museums in San Francisco

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Art Museums in San Francisco

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  • hperdaems
    37 contributions
    SFMOMA has a great and wide collection, 7 floors of different kind of arts.
    wheelchair accessibility is great, and the set up is very big so enough space also during COVID times
    great cafe with outside sitting area, with some statues / art.
    easy to spend 3-4 hours here
    Written 2 May 2022
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  • scott r
    Silver Spring, MD612 contributions
    Impressive structure with great views and convenient to Lands End. There's some interesting art here, interspersed with I'll call avant garde period clothing 'tnterpretations' of the rooms in which they are displayed (a seperate exhibit of this artist's work, but I did not pay extra $$ to see). An entire over the top period room set piece is something to see. It's all easily navigable in under two hours, with a good variety of art - the main de Young collection is better, but this is certainly interesting. Not crowded, restful and there is a cafe.
    Written 2 October 2022
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  • Arun K
    Nagpur District, India2,930 contributions
    The museum, which specialises in Asian history & culture has brilliant collection of Asian art.
    There are thoughtful placements from various countries of Asia say China, Japan, Korea , India, Indonesia etc . Whenever we visit San Francisco, feel like visiting this place as it gives us immense pleasure.
    Along with art galleries, the three floor museum has awesome amenities like cafe , shop/ boutique, children learning center, education center etc.
    A worth visiting place to see Chinese, Japanese & Indian ancient arts.
    The admission to museum is free on first Sunday of every month.
    The front bench & staff is very cooperative.
    Written 19 August 2022
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  • William b
    4 contributions
    Gregangelo and the team is one of a kind. The house is one magical thing, their generous hospitality another. Go there and find out how life also can be.
    Written 26 August 2022
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  • An0nyMs
    Tucson, Arizona1,257 contributions
    If you're only interested in cartoons you've read (that's me), you might be disappointed. The main exhibits when I was there were of Marvel Comics and Batman costumes, and I'm not a fan of either. (On the other hand, the one-hour drive to the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa was absolutely worthwhile for me.) I did really enjoy the exhibit showing how animation has been made over the years.
    Written 13 March 2022
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  • GilB867
    Memphis, TN616 contributions
    We really walked to Fort Mason to visit the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Head Quarters and Visitors Center. However the Visitors Center was under repairs and we were only able to collect a few maps and other information.

    Of note - The GGNRA H.Q. does have the entire collection of cancellation stamps for every site within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The only place that I am aware of that has the entire collection.

    Although disappointed in the visitors center we were able to enjoy some fantastic views of the bay and the golden gate bridge. Nice area where you could spend a lot of time walking or biking.
    Written 28 October 2019
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  • Juan B
    13 contributions
    If you want to see a Diego Rivera mural, this is his most accessible of his three San Francisco murals. It’s also very beautiful and located in a gallery that houses the occasional exhibition.
    Written 30 April 2020
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  • Ivie
    1 contribution
    Visiting San Francisco is tough but when I am in the museum, It gives me a peace and helps me escape from the city life. Each art piece is unique and expressive to me
    Written 18 March 2020
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  • Casey C
    Brentwood, CA24 contributions
    We went on a Friday at 6pm. My girls said it was fun. They liked the Museum of Ice Cream a little better. Only because some of the exhibits weren’t working. It was the last 3 days of the show before it closed.
    They took cute pictures and had a fun night in the city.
    Written 28 April 2018
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  • evelynsheridan
    New York City, NY36 contributions
    I saw the photographs of the rock stars from the 60's, including an upstairs pass to the orginal Abby Road photographs and more recent "pop" and political icons. The gallery staff were pleasant and low key with no pressure to buy. We were allowed to simply enjoy the display. They said they frequently handle this type of material.
    Written 7 July 2019
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  • The_Loup_Garou
    Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
    A Nice Visit in October

    It had been several years, since I had visited the Museum of African Diaspora, located just off of the lobby of the St Regis Hotel - even when we had stayed at the St Regis. In October, I walked down to Mission St, just for another visit.

    The MoAD is small, but well laid out, with great signage and lighting, and though its space is limited, it manages to fit a lot of material, within its walls.

    The artwork, and art objects are beautifully displayed, and maintain a continuing theme. On this visit, there were no special exhibits, as I had encountered before, and no performances, though notices of several were displayed.

    In all, I spent about an hour, which is what I would budget, time-wise, for a visit - unless there is a program, at that time.
    Written 2 July 2020
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  • marthaespitia
    San Jose, CA1 contribution
    Nice experience. we took many photos! I recommend this place to everyone who love to take photos. the 3 D are amazing.
    Written 2 January 2020
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  • mini
    Fremont, CA175,092 contributions
    I went to the Pacific Heritage Museum. One signs in and then can go see the exhibits. On the top floor there is currenty an exhibit on the gold rush. On the bottom floor there is an exhibit on building the wind mills in Golden Gate Park. Its free to see. Donations are welcome. Staff is nice.
    Written 31 January 2020
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  • Marcie
    Sacramento, CA161 contributions
    They had an exhibit of office furniture and that was about it. it was a good exhibit but small and for the amount of money we had to pay it was very disappointing
    Written 26 May 2014
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  • misopiso88
    Seattle, WA27,567 contributions
    Visiting SF, I was staying nearby and walked by this building during the day and night. Absolutely stunning architecture, especially when they light it up at dusk. Worth the detour!
    Written 25 January 2019
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