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Places to See


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Museums in San Francisco

(For further listings see www.museumspot.com/cities/sanfrancisco.htm)

Palace of the Legion of Honor

+Palace of the Legion of Honor

A three-quarters scale imitation of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, the fine-arts museum is located in Lincoln Park, just up the hill from the Seal Rock Inn. Great art collections, both permanent and changing are always on display. Rodin’s famous sculpture, The Thinker greets you at the entrance. (See web site: www.famst.org/legion)

de Young Museum

+de Young Museum

The de Young was founded in 1895 in Golden Gate Park. After the 1989 earthquake, it underwent a major renovation and re-opened in 2005. The museum has an extensive American art collection from the 17th through the 20th centuries, art and artifacts from the Americas, Africa, and the Pacific, as well as rotating exhibits. (See web site: www.famst.org/deyoung)

California Academy of Sciences

+California Academy of Sciences

Founded in 1853, the California Academy of Sciences is the oldest scientific institution in the West and one of the 10 largest natural history museums in the world. Under one roof, the Academy houses the Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, and Kimball Natural History Museum. Construction began in 2005 on the largest cultural renovation project in San Francisco’s history. It will reopen in September, 2008 in Golden Gate Park across from the de Young. (See web site: www.calacademy.org)

Palace of Fine Arts

+Palace of Fine Arts / Exploratorium

Built in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, the Palace of Fine Arts features a classical Roman rotunda with curved colonnades in an idyllic park setting near the Golden Gate Bridge. Visitors may picnic, stroll by the lake or visit the Exploratorium’s experimental, hands-on science exhibits in the adjacent museum. (See web sites: www.nps.gov/archive/prsf/places/palace.htm and www.exploratorium.edu)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

+San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Opened in 1935, the San Francisco Museum of Art was the first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to 20th-century art. In 1975, the museum added “Modern” to its title and established an international reputation. In 1995, the museum moved to its current location on Third Street, adjacent to Yerba Buena Gardens in the SOMA district. Its architectural showpiece facility was designed by Mario Botta.(See web site: www.sfmoma.org/)

Asian Art Museum

+Asian Art Museum

Located opposite the San Francisco Civic Center, the Asian Art Museum has one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian art in the world with approximately 17,000 works of art and artifacts from all major Asian countries and traditions. There are 2,500 works on display in the permanent collection. (See web site: www.asianart.org/)

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